Jennings takes time penalty “on the chin”

Jennings takes time penalty “on the chin”
The clerk of the course for the Donegal International Rally says despite the mixed weather this year’s event was overall “a very safe rally”.

The clerk of the course for the Donegal International Rally says despite the mixed weather this year’s event was overall “a very safe rally”.

Speaking from the finishing ramp at the weekend, clerk Eamon McGee says the event ran smoothly but the action was still top class.

“I’m happy enough. It was a hard three days of it. Yesterday (Saturday) was hard with conditions and everything else but it went well thank God. It was a big change from Friday being the total opposite but that is the way it goes. It is Donegal. It was very safe and there were no big incidents in it apart from a couple of cars that went off but nothing serious. It was very competitive, particularly the top ten were on the pace all day,” Eamon explained.

Eamon’s two sons were in action for Donegal GAA team just as the rally came to a close and he was on hand to welcome the Monaghan winners to the ramp. He says it would be nice to face the Monaghan team in the Ulster championship to get one back on them.

“There is plenty of Monaghan men here today. They’ll not get it as easy if they meet us (in the Ulster final),” he laughed.

Last year’s champion driver, Garry Jennings, said the three minute time penalty he and team mate, Neil Doherty, picked up before the start of Sunday’s final day of competition was “one of those things”.

“We didn’t want to dispute it and we took it on the chin. It is still great to get championships points,” he stated.

Winner Sam Moffett from Monaghan said he was delighted to have taken the win. This makes him one of the youngest winners of the prestigious event.

“We had a great run. The car was great and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.” Sam said, adding “I’d love to defend it and if I get the opportunity I’ll take it.”

Co-driver James O’Reilly said it was great to claim a win having been a lifelong visitor to Donegal since he was young.