Garry Jennings sees off rivals to win Lurgan Park Rally

Winners Garry Jennings and Michael Moran celebrate
Winners Garry Jennings and Michael Moran celebrate

Garry Jennings made up for his disappointment of an early exit from the Donegal International Rally by winning the Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally for the fourth time in a row.

However it was not without some drama for the talented Kesh driver.

An oil pressure warning light on his Subaru WRC on the opening stage caused some concern and later in the day on special stage six the Subaru made contact with a bale, but Jennings had plenty of time in reserve,

On paper before the start of the rallying showpiece Kenny McKinstry and Declan Boyle looked the most likely challengers.

McKinstry ‘King of the Park’ with no fewer than 11 wins under his belt in the County Armagh Park and newcomer Donegal’s Declan Boyle looked a very strong, contender with his Ford Fiesta R5.

Jennings was in top form and he led the 50 strong invited entries from start to finish.

However McKinstry was always in the shadows, one mistake in an event of this nature and victory is gone.

At the finish McKinstry said he was happy with how the day had gone.

“I enjoyed the event, I always do and we had changing weather conditions to contend with.

“It was great fun and the racing was close and competittive,” he added.

For Boyle it was a learning experience as he had come to the event learn the Park and he was delighted with his place on the podium.

And no doubt he will return with winning in his mind.

Derek McGeehan brought his Mini WRC into fourth ahead of multiple rally champion Derek McGarrity with his Ford Fiesta WRC.

McGarrity raced well but he may think he could have slightly further up the standings.

And Stuart Biggerstaff rounded off the top half dozen at the wheel of a Subaru WRC.

A good result for the Kinallen driver as he has not been competing lately.

Robert Woodside with his Ford Fiesta R5 claimed seventh ahead of Pat O’Connell’s Mitsubishi Lancer.

Damien Toner was best of the Escorts with a ninth place finish and English visitor Ray Brammer completed the top ten with his Subaru WRC.

And Boyle rounded off a very busy weekend by winning the Trim based Smartpart ALMC Rally - the fifth round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship.  

Boyle at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta WRC took the lead on the second special stage and went on to finish 43.4 seconds clear of the Ford Fiesta WRC of title favourite Roy White.

While Warrenpoint’s Peadar Hurson driving a Subaru WRC was 15.6 seconds further behind in third.