Donagh Kelly and co-driver Conor Foley retained their Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes title in Kerry on Sunday afternoon.

The pair emerged victorious 12 months ago with 50 seconds to spare and repeated that feat with a controlled, confident performance around Killarney and the Beara Peninsula.

Kelly, in his Ford Focus WRC, began the second day in third but by the end of stage ten he was in command, capitalising on overnight leader Gary Jennings' misfortune as he crashed his Subaru to spin out of contention.

Alistair Fisher sat in second in his Fiesta R5, with Sam Moffatt’s tyre puncture on stage 11 putting paid to his hopes of hunting down the leaders.

Kelly was in total control from there on in and he kept his composure to close out victory by a margin of 49.6 seconds.

Fisher took second, which was enough to put him into the lead in the Irish Tarmac series, while Moffatt, also driving a Fiesta R5, was nine seconds further back.