Jennings on course to win first Donegal International

Garry Jennings ended day two of the Topaz Donegal International Rally with a comfortable 35 second lead over Darragh O’Riordan.

Garry Jennings ended day two of the Topaz Donegal International Rally with a comfortable 35 second lead over Darragh O’Riordan.

By Ciaran O’Donnell

With six stages remaining tomorrow - Glen, Creeslough and Atlantic done twice – the Fermanagh man will be looking to keep things nice and tidy as attempts to win the Donegal International Rally for the first time.

Seamus Leonard finished the day two as he started in third spot and is a minute and 17 seconds behind the leader.

Lettermacaward’s Declan Boyle consolidated his position as leader of the national championship after a good day’s work. He finished up last evening 24 seconds in front of Manus Kelly, with Martin McGee occupying third spot 90 seconds further back.

There was an intriguing battle in the Group N category today which saw the first three – Josh Moffett, his brother, Sam and Letterkenny’s Conor Harvey – finishing day two in eighth, ninth and tenth in the overall standings. Josh leads Sam by just three and a half seconds, with Conor Harvey 43 seconds behind in third.

Andy Johnson continues to show the way in the historic category in his Vauxhall Chevette from John Keatley and Donal Connolly who are both driving Ford Escorts.

Of the 140 crews that started out from An Grianan Theatre yesterday morning, only 66 have made it through to the final day - such is the nature of the sport of rallying.