Matt Edwards leads Donegal International Rally after Day 1

England’s Matt Edwards leads the Wilton Recycling Donegal International Rally at the end of Day 1.

Edwards holds a 12-second lead over last year’s winner Callum Devine.

The Englishman was quickest in Friday’s opening three stages around Malin Head, Marmore Gap and Camcross – but an overshoot in Stage 4 handed the lead to Irish Tarmac Championship leader Keith Cronin for a time.

However, Cronin lost a wheel on stage 5, which ended his rally – and Edwards regained top spot on General Classification as Day 1 drew to a close.

Sligo native Niall Burns, who is co-driving for Aidan Wray, lies eighth overall.

Donegal International Rally – Top 5 after Day 1
1 Edwards / Moynihan (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 42:26.6s
2 Devine / O’Sullivan (Skoda Fabia Rally2) +12.0s
3 McCourt / Hoy (Fiesta) +24.8
4 Moffett / Hayes (Citroen C3 Rally2) +52.8
5 Evans / Conway (Toyota Yaris Rally2) +55.8