Derek McGarrity in a Subaru Impreza WRC holds a commanding lead at the end of day one of the Buy and Sell Circuit of Ireland Rally. McGarritty raced into a 23.7 seconds lead over the Toyota Corolla of Eugene Donnelly after the opening six stages, with Donie O'Sullivan in a Ford Focus a further 24.1 seconds behind in third and 10 seconds ahead of Austin McHale in fourth place.

Setting off from Enniskillen's St Angelo Airport this morning, McGarrity led from the start, opening up a 14 second lead after two stages of the three day event.

The rally's 23 Special Stages will take in almost 179 miles before returning to Enniskillen on Monday afternoon.

Filed by Shane Murray