Garry Jennings scored a home win on the Todds Leap Ulster Rally, to the delight of his many fans it was a case of ‘Go Garry Go’ as he swept to victory winning the majority of the special stages at the wheel of his Subaru World Rally Car.
This victory now moves him closer to taking the Irish Tarmac Championship crown, but while he put in a dominant performance over the last few stages on Saturday he had to nurse his car home with an engine problem.
However he had pulled out a substantial lead on his nearest challenger Derek McGarrity who set the pace early on the opening day with his Ford Focus WRC.
Indeed the Glengormley ace might have been closer to the flying Jennings had it not have been for a number of overshoots as he fought to get on terms with the rally leader.
Donagh Kelly brought his Ford Focus WRC home in third place and fourth place overall and highest Group N finisher; that honour went to Josh Moffet at the wheel of a Mitsubishi EVO.
Rounding of the top six Stephen Wright and William Mavitty, both driving Mitsubishis.
The superbly organised event by the Northern Ireland Motor Club included a number of other championships including the British, a series which is bringing young guns to the fore.
Welshman Osian Pryce won this fourth round of the 2013 MSA British Rally Championship, becoming the youngest driver to win a BRC event since current WRC front-runner Jari Matti-Latvala in 2003.
The victory with co-driver Dale Furniss came after a nail biting first day, in which first local crew Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble, then leaders Tom Cave/Ieuan Thomas crashed out of the event, which had started with torrential rain.
Rewarded for their consistency and tenacity were series leaders Jukka Korhonen and Marko Salminen, climbing from a lowly eleventh place on the opening stage to finish second.
They extend their lead at the head of the tables to a huge seventeen points and must now be favourites for the title.
Local pride was upheld by Mark Donnelly, who recorded his best result this season in the Pirelli Star Driver car and helped DGM Sport stay at the top of the BRC Team Cup.
The sensation of day was Jon Armstrong and new co-driver Karl Atkinson in a Ford Fiesta R2.
He stunned onlookers with an outright fastest time, but he crashed pite crashing out of the event .
In Rally Challenge 2 victory went to Dean Rafferty driving a Honda Civic while in the Ulster Historic Rally the top honour went to Ford Escort driver Ryan Barrett.