Motorsport: Harris is master in Milford

Paul Harris/Eugene O'Donnell, in their Auto Fast Fit Subaru Impreza swept to a comprehensive victory in the Milford Inn Hotel Donegal Rally.

Paul Harris/Eugene O'Donnell, in their Auto Fast Fit Subaru Impreza swept to a comprehensive victory in the Milford Inn Hotel Donegal Rally.

At the conclusion of the three time runs, they had amassed a 37-second winning margin.

Throughout the day, the Group N Mitsubishi's of Andrew Stewart and Trevor Cathers were their nearest rivals.

Harris was virtually untouchable and victory was never in doubt. As he disappeared into the distance, his rivals chased the minor placings.

On the third and final run, Trevor Cathers won the battle for second as he clawed 12 seconds off Stewart, who entered the stage with a five-second advantage.

Philip Shaw, who was fourth, won Class 13 and other notable finishers included well-known co-driver, Rory Kennedy.

On his annual outing as a driver, he was ninth overall and third in the Group N category.

1. P/ Harris/E. O'Donnell (Subaru Impreza) 24M. 48S;

2. T. Cathers/G. Noble (Mitsubishi Lancer) 25M. 25S;

3. I. Stewart/F. McShane (Mitsubishi Lancer) 25M. 32S;

4. P. Shaw/H. Blackburn (Escort) 26M. 21S;

5. J. McHugh/D. McHugh (Escort) 26M. 23S;

6. E. Ferry/J. Gallagher (Escort) 26.29S;

7. D. Gallagher/M. Walsh (Escort) 26.35S;

8. P. Gallagher/K. Reid (Corolla) 26.40S;

9. R. Kennedy/K. McFadden (Lancer N) 26M. 42S;

10. R. Johnston/I. Fisher (Lancer N) 26M..44S.

The position of Chairman of the 2002 Rallies Committee will be filled by Monaghan born, Martin McKenna, who will take over from the outgoing chairperson, Noel Clarke.

McKenna, was appointed by the Motorsport Commission - the Ruling Council of Motorsport Ireland - at their recent meeting.

Meanwhile, there are strong suggestions linking Clarke to an Observer/Steward's role at European Championship events.

This would add further credence to the bid by Motorsport Ireland to secure a round of the World Rally Championship within the next few years.

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