Jennings in Subaru u-turn for Ulster Rally bid
Published 08/08/2012 | 07:59
Garry Jennings, hero of the Donegal International Rally back in June, will again drive a Subaru Impreza on the Todds Leap Ulster Rally in nine days time.
Jennings is the reigning Irish production champion and again leads the series this year.
When he switched to a WRC Subaru S14 for the Donegal event he said it was a “one-off” — a chance to chase his first ever outright international win — but having tasted overall victory, the Kesh driver wants more and will again line up in a WRC Subaru for the Antrim-based round of the Irish Tarmac and British championships starting on Friday week.
It won’t be the Donegal-winning S14 Impreza he hired from Evans Motorsport in Wales, instead Jennings will drive the S10 Subaru in which Kenny McKinstry finished second behind Kris Meeke in the Lurgan Park Rally.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with Kenny, in fact I’ve won three rallies in his cars and it made more sense financially to team up with him again rather than bring a car over from Wales,” said Jennings who is second overall in the Irish Tarmac standings as well as leading the production category.
Jennings will line up at No.2 in the starting list behind 2010 Ulster winner Derek McGarrity and ahead of the current leader of the Irish Tarmac series, Darren Gass, all in Subarus.
The British championship division will be headed by the joint leaders of the series, Welshmen Tom Cave and Elfyn Evans. They will face a contingent of Irish drivers including two-time British champion Keith Cronin.
The Ulster challenge is led by first round winner Mark Donnelly in his Renault Clio and includes Alastair Fisher, Jonny Greer, Desi Henry and Matthew Cathcart.
The national rally is a counting round in the Northern Ireland championship.