This year’s Donegal International Rally could be one of the most competitive and spectacular ever.

The country’s only three day rally has attracted a top class field and there are almost a dozen World Rally Cars in the starting line up.

The event is set to attract in the region of 50,000 spectators from Friday, June 20th – June 22nd.

And it’s hugely important to the Donegal economy as well and it is estimated that the event is worth around €20 million for the local economy.

Last year’s winners Sam Moffett and James O’Reilly are seeded at number one and will be taking part in a Ford Fiesta WRC.

The Donegal crew of Declan and Brian Boyle, who lead the Irish Tarmac Championship, are at number two in their Subaru Impreza WRC while former winner Garry Jennings is at three with co-driver Rory Kennedy in another Subaru Impreza WRC.

Once again there will be 20 special stages.

And Clerk of the Course Eamon McGee has promised that there will be a few surprises with a few changes to some tried and trusted stages.

Friday will see six stages with the runs each being done twice over Breenagh, Cark Mountain and Letterleague (each being run twice).

Saturday sees eight stages, with double runs over Garrygort, Knockalla, Carn Hill, and Gartan.

Sunday has two runs over Glen, the Atlantic Drive and Fanad Head.

But McGee was not disclosing just what surprises are in store - not yet!

Speaking to Donegal Now at the press conference in Diver’s Hyundai Garage in Letterkenny, McGee also stressed the importance of safety during the event.

Volunteers are still required and anyone interested can contact the chief marshall Tony Boyle on 087 7566863.

(Photo of Garry Jennings courtesy of Stefan Lassus).

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