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Wednesday 31st August 2011


Driving a Kumho-shod Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, County Fermanagh driver Garry Jennings and his Letterkenny co-driver Rory Kennedy achieved a start to finish victory on the recent (August 19/20) Rally NI. The event was a division of the Todds Leap Ulster Rally that counts towards the Dulux Trade British Rally Championship, plus the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship that the pairing is contesting.

Jennings was on the pace immediately to win the first of the 14 stages, while others around him were running into trouble – these included expected front runner Elfyn Evans, who immediately dropped to 32nd overall following a puncture. Jennings’ Kumho tyres were more resilient, however, and he maintained his lead throughout the 127 mile event, despite the constantly changeable conditions; eventually beating the second placed duo of Martin McCormack/David Moynihan (factory-backed Citroën DS3 R3) by 17.7 seconds.

Commenting on Jennings’ well judged victory, Kumho Motorsport UK’s Technical Manager Mark Hamnett said, “We have a good history of results on Irish soil and it was rewarding to see Garry’s Kumho tyres remaining puncture free and coping so well with the typically wet and changeable conditions.”

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