Jennings tops in Abbey Hotel Forest Rally

Fermanagh Driver Gary Jennings claimed his first win of the new year with his first place finish at the Abbey Hotel Forest Rally on Saturday.

Fermanagh Driver Gary Jennings claimed his first win of the new year with his first place finish at the Abbey Hotel Forest Rally on Saturday.

The Jennings-Barry McNulty combination took the number one spot in their Subaru Impreza and also picked up full points in what was also a first round for the Valvodine Motorsport Ireland National Rally Championship.

The Fermanagh pair had 53 seconds to spare at the end of ten gruelling stages over Stephen and Susanne Wright in an Mitsubishi EvoV1. Third place was taken by the Tyrone crew of Colin Britton and Arthur Kearns in a Mitsubishi 6.

Conor Harvey and Paddy McDaid, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X1, were the top placed Donegal finishers in fourth place.

Other locals drivers to finish inside the top 20 were Paul and Karl Reid (Escort) who finished in tenth place with Adrian McElhinney/Shane Buckley (Peugeot 206) 13th place and Gary McElhinney/Paddy McCrudden (Escort) in 17th position.

Results:

1st: Garry Jennings/Barry McNulty, Subaru Impreza 6

2nd: Stephen Wright/Susanne Wright, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI

3rd: Colin Britton/Arthur Kearns, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX

4th: Conor Harvey/Paddy McDaid, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX

5th: Ian Cochrane/Ray Fitzpatrick, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX

6th: Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan, Ford Escort MkII

7th: Gerard Lucey/James Lucey, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII

8th: Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan, Ford Escort MkII

9th: Shane Mc Girr/Niall Connelly, Toyota Starlet

10th: Paul Reid/Karl Reid, Ford Escort

11th: Niall Henry/John Rowen, Subaru Impreza N12B

12th: Bob Scanlon/Liam McLaughlin, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

13th: Adrian McElhinney/Shane Buckley, Peugeot 206 3

14th: Tommy O’Connell/Phillip Hunter, Ford Escort 11

15th: Ian Downey/Sean Bruton, Opel Corsa 9

16th: James Coleman/Kaye Shanaghan, Ford Escort 5

17th: Gary Mc Elhinney/Paddy McCrudden, Ford Escort 4

18th: Dermot Mc Groary/Eamon Doherty, Talbot Sunbeam 2

19th: Daniel Cronin/Sean Duggan, Peugeot 206

20th: Stephen Cullen/Seamus O’Grady, Subaru Impreza 8

21st: Dermot Mc Cafferty/John McCafferty, Subaru Impreza 7

22nd: Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs, Ford Kia

23rd: Jer Connors/Sarah Whelan, Subaru Impreza WRC

24th: Dean Rafferty/Kenneth Shiel, Honda Civic

25th: Caolan Gaffney/Barry McGill, Vauxhall Nova

26th: Pierce Doheny Snr/Pierce Doheny, Jnr Opel Corsa

27th: Ben Gormley/Darren McGuinness, Subaru Impreza.