The Fermanagh/Donegal pair of Garry Jennings and Neil Doherty ended day one of the Donegal International Rally with a 16 second lead over Daragh O’Riordan and Tony McDaid, with Seamus Leonard, who had local man, John McCafferty on the notes, in third, 17 seconds further back.
By Ciaran O’Donnell
Jennings led from the first stage this morning over Gortree and was quickest in five of today’s eight stages.
Speaking this evening for Parc Ferme in Letterkenny after the last to the two stages in Buncrana town centre, he was happy with his lot.
“We’re still getting used to the car, but overall we have to be happy with where we are,” commented the 2011 Donegal Harvest Stages winner.
“There are still two days of hard driving to go,” he added.
Leading Donegal driver is Donagh Kelly – he currently lies in seventh position, while the other Donegal driver to make in the top ten of the overall standings is Martin Doherty – he sits in tenth.
Meanwhile, the Glenties duo of Declan Boyle and Brian Boyle lead the way in the national championship after finishing the first day of the three-day event 33 seconds ahead of Manus Kelly and Donal Barrrett. Third are Callum Duffy and Iain Duffy who are a further 19 seconds in arrears.
Among those to come a cropper today was defending champion, Daniel McKenna and the hotly fancied David Bogie.