The three time defending champion Manus Kelly died in a sad accident a few days ago. This unfortunate event happened in a bumpy part of the Fanad head stage. The accident occurred on the last day of the three day event at 12.30pm. Kelly’s co-driver Donall Barrett is now receiving treatment for his injuries at the Letterkenny General Hospital.
Donegal Motor Club & Motorsport Ireland would like to extend its sympathies to family and friends of Manus Kelly who was fatally injured during a tragic accident while competing in the Donegal International Rally.
Manus was a 3 time winner of the rally and was immensely popular. pic.twitter.com/g5kjamodE7
— Motorsport.ie (@motorsport_ie) June 23, 2019
The accident occurred after Manus Kelly lost control of his Hyundai i20 R5. A statement issued by Motorsport Ireland confirmed an investigation had been launched. “The relevant authorities have begun a full investigation into the incident and will be assisted by Motorsport Ireland and Donegal Motor Club,” it said.
“Motorsport Ireland and its affiliated clubs are recognized internationally for operating to the highest standards of motorsport safety for competitors and spectators in line with the best practices of the FIA.”
Meanwhile, the remainder of the event was canceled. Kelly was a regular in the Irish Tarmac Championship. He was also elected onto Donegal County Council with the Fianna Fail party. Speaking about the incident, Donegal International Rally clerk of the course Eamon Magee described Kelly as a great ambassador and said the news of his death was devastating.