Jen­nings and Kennedy supreme in Mayo

Mayo Stages Rally

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Brian Patterson Re­sults By Peter Scherer

Or­gan­iser: Mayo and District Mo­tor Club When: March 6 Where: Bal­lina, Co. Mayo Cham­pi­onships: Sligo Pal­lets Bor­der Rally Cham­pi­onship; Tri­ton Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship Starters: 107 Stages: 9

Gal­way Rally win­ner Garry Jen­nings and co-driver Rory Kennedy won the Mayo Stages Rally in their Subaru WRC. They also won the pow­er­stage on this open­ing Tri­ton Show­ers Na­tional Cham­pi­onship round, which puts them into a com­mand­ing po­si­tion for the se­ries.

Peadar Hur­son and Damien Con­nolly bounced back from a mis­fire in their Subaru Im­preza WRC to over­haul Niall Maguire/ Enda Sherry’s sim­i­lar ma­chine for se­cond place.

Wet con­di­tions pre­vailed as the crews tack­led the open­ing stage, Kil­cum­min and, while many strug­gled for grip, Jen­nings sailed down the 9.4km (5.8-mile) test in his usual flam­boy­ant style to record a time 12s bet­ter than his clos­est pur­suer, Maguire. Hur­son was a fur­ther 3s back.

Stage by stage through to se­cond ser­vice Jen­nings ex­tended his lead. Hur­son was 14s be­hind Maguire by first ser­vice, and then on the middle loop, whit­tled away at Maguire’s ad­van­tage un­til even­tu­ally he squeezed ahead of his fel­low Subaru pi­lot. That was de­spite the fact Maguire did lose a few sec­onds when his Im­preza hit a chi­cane bale. Con­di­tions were so slip­pery that many cars showed signs of dam­age af­ter slid­ing into ei­ther the scenery or chi­canes. Hur­son in­creased his pace as the day wore on and scored a fastest time in stage seven, al­though by then Jen­nings was very com­fort­able in the lead.

De­clan Boyle was badly ham­pered by a misted-up screen. A bro­ken dif­fer­en­tial in stage six put De­clan out of his mis­ery. Mick O’brien had prob­lems when his Fo­cus WRC went on to three cylin­ders. He ended off the road.

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