Fermanagh driver Garry Jennings wins Donegal Rally

Garry Jennings
Garry Jennings

Garry Jennings at the wheel of his Subaru WRC was in a class of his own as he clinched a richly deserved win on the Joule Donegal International Rally.

The Fermanagh driver scorched to a popular win at a relentless pace leaving the competition in his tracks and taking the honours by some 67 seconds.

Reigning Tarmac Rally Champion Declan Boyle brought his new Ford Fiesta WRC into second, he was pleased with the performance of his new car on its first competitive outing.

Donagh Kelly occupied third place with his Ford Focus WRC and Glengormley’s Derek McGarrity finished fourth in a Subaru WRC.

Seamus Leonard driving a Subaru WRC claimed fifth and Darragh O’Riordan rounded off the top six in a Ford Focus WRC.

Jennings had started the final day with a 48 second advantage and over the closing stages he built on that cushion.

Jennings started the second day with an advantage of 20 seconds over the chasing pack and determined to extend that advantage which he did.

At the finish in Letterkenny Jennings commented,”this time I was the underdog and not as much pressure, however it was still hard going and the last special stage was mega.”

Next up were Boyle, Kelly and McGarrity, the aim to close in the flying driver from Kesh.

Meanwhile, there was a stunning performance from Jonny McMullan at Brands Hatch with wins in the latest two rounds of the National Formula Ford Championship.

Elsewhere, the organisers of the Lurgan Park rally have released further details of the entry.

European Rally Championship leader Craig Breen will be swapping his works Peugeot for a Millington powered Ford Escort and Ballynure’s Robert Woodside is to drive the Tuthill prepared Porsche 911 R-GT.

Woodside drove this special Porsche on the Circuit of Ireland Rally.

“I have competed a couple of times in Lurgan Park and always enjoyed it, so it should be really good in the 911”, commented Woodside.