Rally delight for Garry at Lurgan Park

Pictured left to right Barry Taggart NAMC, Harry Burke NAMC, Navigator Michael Moran,Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Mark Baxtor, Driver Gary Jenning, William Fullerton NAMC and Keith Somerville, NAMC.
Pictured left to right Barry Taggart NAMC, Harry Burke NAMC, Navigator Michael Moran,Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Mark Baxtor, Driver Gary Jenning, William Fullerton NAMC and Keith Somerville, NAMC.
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Garry Jennings grabbed the Lurgan Park spoils on Saturday thanks to an emphatic success in the Orchard Motorsport-sponsored annual rally.

The event - promoted by North Armagh Motor Club with support from Craigavon Council - featured the Fermanagh driver on the winner’s podium ahead of a multiple-Lurgan Park champion, Kenny McKinstry, plus Kevin Kelleher.

Jennings’ inaugural success in the main Lurgan Park meeting arrived thanks to a 12-second gap over McKinstry in front of the sizeable crowd. However, the top-two competitors shared the upper hand across the initial stages before Jennings gained control on the gravel section to put the defending Irish Forestry champion in the Lurgan Park driving seat.

Jennings - on his first Lurgan Park outing in a WRC machine - eventually eased home to add to his previous haul of GpN honours at the popular venue.

The Orchard Motorsport-sponsored Lurgan Park final placings (top 10): 1, Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Impreza WRC) 15.13.8; 2, Kenny McKinstry/Claire Gamble (Impreza WRC) 15.25.3; 3, Kevin Kelleher/Martin Brady (Impreza WRC) 16.01.9; 4, Jonny Leonard/Geraldine Leonard (Lancer) 16.05.3; 5, Emma McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Impreza WRC) 16.06.2; 6, Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC) 16.06.4; 7, Wesley Patterson/Russell Harrold (Escort) 16.13.1; 8, Frank Kelly/Peter Dunlop (Escort) 16.16.4; 9, Stuart Biggerstaff/Anthony Nestor (Metro 6R4) 16.19.3; 10, Keith White/David Lyness (Escort Mk1) 16.25.8.

Class winners: CL1 - Mark Massey/Damian McDermott (Lancer N); CL2A - Alan Smyth/Peter Thompson (Citroen C2R2); CL2B - James Kennedy/Rebecca Kennedy (Escort); CL3 - Wesley Patterson/Russell Harrold (Escort): CL4 - Jonny Leonard/Geraldine Leonard (Lancer); CL5 - Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Impreza WRC); CL6 - Stephen Mawhinney/Jonny Magee (Sunbeam Lotus); CL7 - Ian Millar/Stephen Anderson (Escort RS1800).