JEN­NINGS AIMS FOR THIRD TIME LUCKY

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Subaru Im­preza ace Garry Jen­nings is sure that he can put two years of mis­takes be­hind him to tri­umph in Gal­way this week on the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship cur­tain raiser.

Jen­nings came clos­est to fin­ish­ing on the top step of the podium in 2014 when he moved to within two hun­dredths of a se­cond of even­tual win­ner De­clan Boyle, but an in­ci­dent on the Brady’s Yard stage, when he aqua­planed into a field be­fore re­turn­ing to the stage, meant he had to set­tle for se­cond.

More dis­ap­point­ment fol­lowed 12 months later when Jen­nings when he clipped a rock on the open­ing day and dam­aged the steer­ing. With no way of fix­ing it he sur­ren­dered the run­ner-up spot.

“We have been ex­tremely un­lucky in Gal­way th­ese past two sea­sons,” ex­plained the Kesh busi­ness­man.

“Hope­fully it will be a case of third time lucky for me be­cause it would mean so much to win in Gal­way. It would be great if I could add it to my list of rally vic­to­ries – I’ll cer­tainly be try­ing hard to do it.

“Peo­ple say that I tend to go bet­ter in the wet than I do in the dry, and yes the roads were damp when I was chal­leng­ing for the win in Gal­way be­fore, but it didn’t pan out the way I had hoped.”

The process of re­build­ing Jen­nings’ Subaru af­ter it went up in flames on Au­gust’s Ul­ster Rally is near­ing com­ple­tion, mean­while, with the en­gine ar­riv­ing back from Bel­gium over the week­end.

De­spite not fea­tur­ing com­pet­i­tively for the best part of six months, the 2013 Tar­mac cham­pion in­sists he has the speed and the car he needs to fight at the busi­ness end of the field in Gal­way.

“I feel more com­fort­able driv­ing the car now than I have at any other time,” ex­plained Jen­nings. “I won in Done­gal and then at Lurgan Park last year and came close to achiev­ing three straight wins on the Ul­ster Rally be­fore the fire started in the en­gine bay.

“I wouldn’t say that I have one of the fastest cars this sea­son but I cer­tainly be­lieve I have one of the most re­li­able cars in this year’s cham­pi­onship.

“I know that in or­der to win I have to beat some very quick World Rally Car driv­ers as well as peo­ple like Keith Cronin and Alas­tair Fisher in the R5 cars.”

A to­tal of 14 R5 and S2000 cars have been en­tered.

Jen­nings is af­ter some luck in Gal­way

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