Garry Jennings completes treble in Donegal
Published 16/10/2012 | 07:59
He may be from Fermanagh but Garry Jennings is equally at home in Donegal.
After the biggest victory of his career, in the Donegal International back in June, he returned on Saturday to add a new record to his CV.
Jennings won the Harvest Rally for the third year in a row and with it became the only driver to win the three major Donegal rallies in the same year — he also won the Forest Rally.
Driving the same McKinstry Motorsport S10 Subaru in which he finished second on the Ulster Rally, Jennings took the lead on the second stage and stayed ahead to win by 11 seconds from Glenties night club owner Declan Boyle in the ex-Tim McNulty Tarmac championship-winning S12 Impreza.
And it turned out to be a big weekend for the Banbridge-based McKinstry team with Cork’s Brian O’Mahony finishing third in another Subaru, enough to clinch his first Irish national championship.
O’Mahony, who dislocated his wrist when the steering wheel kicked back on the first stage, saw off the challenge of closest rivals Niall Maguire and Thomas Fitzmaurice, who finished fourth and fifth in an all-Subaru top five.
Meanwhile, despite being robbed of a possible podium finish by a puncture, Craig Breen was elated to be awarded the Colin McRae Flat Out Trophy for his performance on the San Remo Rally, the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Challenge.
Back in Italy for the first time since his Targa Florio accident in which co-driver Gareth Roberts died, Breen was battling for a place in the top three when his Sainteloc Peugeot suffered a front wheel puncture on stage seven and he lost almost three minutes.
But Breen finished strongly with a trio of top three times to take sixth place as former IRC champion Gianni Basso (Ford) took the victory ahead of Skoda’s Jan Kopecky.
In Japan, Jonny Kane’s Strakka team finished in sixth place to remain second in the Privateers’ championship in the World Endurance series. The six-hour race at Fuji was won by the factory Toyota team.