The Fermanagh/Donegal duo of driver Garry Jennings and co-pilot Neil Doherty have not only held their lead as the second day of the Donegal International rally came to a close but have put over a minute between themselves and the rest of the pack.
The reigning champions led after day one with one of their top challengers, Declan and Brian Boyle, bowing out early on the second stage on Friday with what is understood to be brake problems.
In mixed conditions today there was number of “nip and tuck” battles taking place across all stages in a day of top class motorsport action.
Last year’s champion driver Jennings said after yesterday they were now hoping for some wet weather, which duly arrived, helping him forge a commanding lead of over a minute from nearest rivals Sam Moffit and James O’Reilly, who in turn leads Derrick McGarrity and James McKey in third place. Darren Gass and Enda Sherry had been the main contenders through the day in second place until their luck ran out on stage 13. Their car left the road the second time around the Grove Hill stage and they were unable to make it back on the tarmac, thus ending their challenge in this year’s contest.
With 14 stages complete the leaders will now aim to maintain their form tomorrow (Sunday) as they power around the remaining six stages in an area co-pilot Doherty knows well including his home village of Glen.
In ‘Group N’ Martin Doherty and Damien McCauley are locked in battle with Stephen and Suzanne Wright in eighth and ninth place respectively.
Sunday morning sees that final day of action take place in Glen, the Atlantic Drive and Fanad.