Jennings out to honour Howley with a special win in Donegal
If there was one event this year Garry Jennings wasn't going to miss it was tomorrow's Donegal Harvest Rally. Not only is it his final fling of a not so special season, but it represents an opportunity to pay tribute to a friend and business associate.
Now renamed in honour of Martin Howley, the Donegal rallying stalwart and fisherman who died earlier this year, it was launched alongside his super trawler Atlantic Challenge and returns for the first time to his home port of Killybegs.
It is the final round of the Irish National Championship and, although the series is already settled with new champion Roy White opting to rest on his laurels, Jennings and many more - including fellow Tarmac champion Declan Boyle - will be in the line-up.
Starting, too, will be Manus Kelly, surprise winner of the Donegal International back in June, who will be bidding for an unprecedented hat-trick of just three appearances in a WRC Subaru and three victories.
All of them have long associations with Martin Howley, oil distribution company boss Jennings supplying fuel for the trawlers, and all of them are keen to be part of a rally which will commemorate his contribution to motorsport in Donegal.
It won't detract from the competitive element of a rally which pitches three of the most successful drivers in Donegal events against each other. All three are Donegal International winners, Jennings and Boyle past winners of the Harvest Rally, while Kelly upstaged them both with his out-of-the-blue June victory.
Jennings' last appearance was his abortive R5 Mitsubishi Mirage outing at the Ulster Rally in August, but tomorrow he is back on board his Tarmac Championship-winning S12 Subaru to take on Kelly and Boyle, who has won four national rounds this season in his WRC Ford Fiesta.
They top a 160-strong entry list and they will head out from Killybegs along the Wild Atlantic Way from 9am.