Evans wins Ulster Rally as McGonigle is the best of the Donegal crews

Joseph McGonigle Elfyn Evans had a double reason to celebrate at the end of the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally in Derry as he won both the International Rally and the MSA British Rally Championship.

Evans and co-driver Craig Parry, in a Ford Fiesta R5, led the rally on 11 out of the 14 stages.

But they could never ease off as Alistair Fisher and Keith Cronin pushed hard in testing conditions.

Cronin was on heading for second place at the end of the penultimate loop of stages but a gearbox change at the last service halt earned him a time penalty and knocking him back to 5th overall. Jonathan Greer finished in third.

Joseph McGonigle from Muff (pictured) was the highest placed Donegal competitor in ninth overall.

Fisher retains his  lead of the 2016 Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Championship.

Garry Jennings, in a Mitsubishi Mirage,  suffered mechanical issues that ended his rally on the second day.