Jennings wins Joule Donegal International Rally

Jennings wins Joule Donegal International Rally
Fermanagh rally driver Garry Jennings and his Donegal navigator Rory Kennedy are celebrating Joule Donegal International Rally success.

Fermanagh rally driver Garry Jennings and his Donegal navigator Rory Kennedy are celebrating Joule Donegal International Rally success.

For Jennings, it was his second success in Donegal - he was also the winner in 2012 - while for Letterkenny man Kennedy, it was his fourth success, but first in 20 years. Kennedy’s last success was in 1995, alongside the late Bertie Fisher, also from Fermanagh.

Jennings/Kennedy in a Subaru S12B, had over a minute to spare over last year’s winners, Declan and Brian Boyle, in a Ford Fiesta WRC, in second place at the end of 20 stages and three days of rallying.

Irish Tarmac Championship leader and pre-rally favourite Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan, in aFord Focus WRC, were in third place, over two minutes down on Declan and Brian Boyle.

It was a good rally for local crews. Martin Doherty from Ballybofey and Conor Foley, in a Mitsubishi EVO 9, won Group N. And local favourites Manus Kelly, from Glenswilly and Donal Barrett from Milford, in an Escort, won the National section of the rally.

For comprehensive coverage of the three days of the Youle Donegal International Rally, the thrills and the spills, see tomorrow’s Donegal Democrat/Peoples Press.