Former winner Garry Jennings set the pace on the opening day of the Joule Donegal International Rally with the Kesh driver, at the wheel of a Subaru WRC, ending the first six stages with an advantage of some 20 seconds over his nearest challenger.
That challenge is being mounted by Donagh Kelly at the wheel of a car similar to that driven by Jennings, Declan Boyle in his new Ford Fiesta WRC and Stephen Wright (Fiesta R5).
Rain greeted the drivers for the final stage of the day, presenting an opportunity for Jennings, who has the reputation of being something of a rain master, to sprint ahead.
Kelly was more cautious knowing all too well that there are two more days of competitive driving remaining.
Jennings did admit that he had a small electrical problem and that he was hoping to extend his lead today.
Boyle was not taking any risks with his new Fiesta and backed right off and Wright moved into third.
Holding fourth position are Kelly and Glengormley’s Derek McGarrity, who like the rally leader enjoyed the wet conditions on special stage six to move his Subaru WRC into fifth position with Joe McGonigle sixth at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia S2000.