Garry Jennings powers to his second triumph at Mayo Stages Rally
Garry Jennings swept to his second win of the season, scoring a comprehensive victory on the Mayo Stages Rally, opening round of the Irish national championship.
Just like in the Galway International, the former tarmac champion from Kesh led from start to finish in his S12 Subaru, setting fastest time on all but one of the nine stages to win by one one-and-a-half minutes from the S10 Impreza of Peadar Hurson.
Former national champion Niall Maguire was third with Roy White fourth in his Ford Fiesta ahead of the leading two-wheel-drive contender, Gary Kiernan in his Ford Escort.
Meanwhile, Elfyn Evans won the opening round of the British championship, the Mid Wales Rally, but he was made to fight for the victory in his home forests by rising Swedish star Fredrik Ahlin who finished just 17 seconds behind. Another Welshman, Tom Cave, was a distant third in an all-Ford Fiesta top three.
Snow and ice made conditions treacherous, especially on Saturday night when Ahlin set fastest time on stage two and went on to snatch the lead from Evans yesterday. However, the former Ford WRC driver fought back with fastest times on the final two stages stage to record his first British championship win.
It proved to be a difficult rally for the Irish contingent with Josh Moffett proving the best of them in sixth place in his Fiesta. But there were three more in the top 10 with the Citroens of Jonny Greer and triple British champion Keith Cronin eighth and ninth and Desi Henry 10th in his Skoda. Sam Moffett was 15th after driving the second night stage without lights. Marty McCormack didn't make the first stage, his Skoda breaking its transmission.