Garry Jennings out to make Ulster Rally impact with his new Mirage
As the clock ticks down to the Ulster Rally, drivers have been using every opportunity to fine tune their cars ahead of the start on Friday. Among those putting in the miles in the past couple of days have been Garry Jennings and Marty McCormack.
Jennings may be a two-time winner but this one will be a new experience for him. For the first time he will switch from his regular WRC Subaru S12 to drive a Mitsubishi Mirage, one of the R5-specification cars now featuring as the primary class in the British and Irish championships.
The Swedish-built Mirage has yet to be officially approved for either championship but Jennings sees it as a possible vehicle for next season. He explained: "It is the only R5 car available in right-hand-drive and that's what attracted me to it."
He tested the car with the Spencer Sport team on Monday and was back out again yesterday. The Kesh driver added: "It was good, I enjoyed it," said the Kesh driver. "With no previous experience of R5 I have no idea how competitive it will be."
Ex-British junior champion McCormack is one of the Ulstermen expected to be at the sharp end in his Skoda Fabia. As well as giving the car a test yesterday, McCormack was also assessing how his hand has recovered after an accident at work.