Garry out to make up for lost time
When Garry Jennings starts the Rally of the Lakes this morning it will be three months since he last fired up his Subaru Impreza in earnest.
For a driver who likes to be in action every few weeks it has been a long and frustrating break, caused in part by the unseasonal snow which forced the Easter Stages (Circuit of Ireland) to be called off, an event which will not now be re-scheduled.
But the time hasn't been entirely wasted. Jennings, the reigning Irish forest champion and runner-up in the premier Tarmac series, has taken the opportunity to have his S12 Subaru converted to right-hand-drive and to get to the bottom of the electronic gremlin which plagued the car on the Galway International back in February.
"Left-hand-drive wasn't really an issue for me but sitting on the right is just more comfortable, more natural. My reactions are more instinctive," said the Kesh driver who has his eyes on the Tarmac title this year.
Jennings' main concern is his lack of 'seat time' over the past few months.
"I've had so little time in the car since I bought it late last year it is probably going to take me a few stages to get up to speed again," he said. "I'll see where I'm placed after the first day and decide whether I can push on for the win on Sunday."
The top two in the points table, Keith Cronin and Eugene Donnelly, plus reigning champion Darren Gass all miss the race so the spotlight goes on Declan Boyle, Derek McGarrity, Donagh Kelly and Daragh O'Riordan, the Lakes winner for the past two years.