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Jennings puts rebuilt car through paces with win

By Sammy Hamill

Published 13/06/2016

Mountain man: Garry Jennings was the winner of the Mourne Rally
Mountain man: Garry Jennings was the winner of the Mourne Rally

Garry Jennings gave himself the perfect preparation for the Joule Donegal International starting on Friday with a comprehensive victory in Saturday's Mourne Rally.

The defending Donegal champion made a last-minute decision to use the Newry-based Northern Ireland championship round as a test session for his Subaru which had only just been rebuilt after he crashed while leading the Rally of the Lakes last month.

Jennings dominated the rally, setting fastest times on all seven stages to win by well over two minutes from the WRC Ford Fiesta of reigning NI champion Derek McGarrity who snatched second place when Damien Toner dropped more than half a minute on the penultimate Deadman's Hill stage.

Meanwhile, Desi Henry warmed up for the next round of the British championship with a first cross-channel win in his R5 Skoda Fabia. The Portglenone driver saw off the challenge of the WRC Ford Focus of Peter Taylor to win the Carlisle Stages in the north of England by more than half-a-minute.

A stunning last lap saw Adam Carroll grab the final podium place in the Silverstone 500, fifth round of the Britsh GT championship. Driving the latest Ferrari 488 GT3 for the FF Corse team alongside former champion Marco Attard, Carroll reeled in the Audi R8 of Ryan Ratcliffe and Will Moore to take third on the final lap of a race won by the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini of Phil Keen and Joe Minshaw.

And Jaye Nevin scored his first Northern Ireland hillclimb championship win at Cultra where his Reynard edged out the OMS of last year's winner Chris Houston.

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