Garry Jennings revved up to complete a spectacular French hat-trick
Former Irish Tarmac champion Garry Jennings has taken a real liking for French rallying and he'll be back there next week seeking a third successive win.
He and co-driver Rory Kennedy are heading for the Rally La Rochelle, a round of the French Championship, to finish off a late season push in which they have won the Bethunois and Charlemagne rallies in their Go Subaru Impreza S12.
Jennings describes it as "a great new experience" after years of competing on the same Irish events, winning many of them, including the Ulster and Donegal Internationals.
"It was all getting a bit stale for me and I wanted to do something different," said the Kesh fuel company boss. "It was Rory who came up with the idea of going to the continent and it has been brilliant.
"The welcome has been fantastic. They just love to see new faces taking part and they are mad to get more Irish drivers to come over. We are already making plans for next season we've enjoyed it so much."
Jennings says it is little more expensive that going to Irish Tarmac rounds like the Galway International or the Rally of the Lakes.
"We have been basing the Subaru with First Motorsport in Belgium rather than transporting in back and forth, and the mechanics fly over at the beginning of the week to get it ready. We also ship out a pallet of tyres, fuel and spares," he explained.
"Rory and I travel over in time for the recce, which is just two passes over the stages to prepare our notes. They are all new to me, unlike at home where we are usually doing the same stages year in year out, and that makes it a real challenge."
Meanwhile, the nominees for Motorsport Ireland's Young Drivers of the Year have taken part in interviews in Dublin this week ahead of the announcement of the winners of the 30,000 euro bursaries.
Charlie Eastwood, Jordan Hone and James Wilson are among the Ulster drivers in the running.