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Jennings fired up to get back on track before Donegal quest

 

By Sammy Hamill

It has been a quiet season so far for Garry Jennings. One rally, one win. "I've been busy, just no time for rallying," said the Fermanagh oil distribution company boss.

But there is little chance of the former Irish Tarmac champion missing the Joule Donegal International next month, which is why he is rolling out his WRC Subaru Impreza S12 for Sunday's Cavan Rally.

"I need to get a few miles under my belt and to give the car a shakedown before Donegal," he explained. "Apart from the couple of stages I did in a hired car in the May Day Rally at St Angelo, I haven't done any proper rallying since the Galway International in February. I need to get back into the swing of things."

Jennings did, of course, win in Galway but his focus, as always, is on Donegal, his favourite rally. He loves to take on the locals like Declan Boyle and Donagh Kelly, also both Tarmac champions in recent times, and wants to be ready for another epic battle.

He has won twice before in Donegal but it could have been more, not least in 2013 when he was denied victory because of controversial road penalties. Last year, the Subaru's engine expired on the first day.

Now he will use the Cavan Rally to give himself and the car a work-out before it is thoroughly overhauled before heading to Letterkenny. Boyle is in Sunday's line-up, too, as he seeks to iron out the gremlins which have dogged his WRC Ford Fiesta.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland hillclimb championship moves to Tyrone tomorrow for the Omagh club's round at Spamount near Castlederg.

Reigning champion Chris Houston leads the series in his OMG single-seater but was beaten for the first time this season at Drumhorc by John Donnelly, who is also in the Spamount starting list in his Reynard along with Formula Ford race winner Adrian Pollock (F3 Dallara).

Also on tomorrow is a 500 Club race meeting at Kirkistown.

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