NEWS: Garry Jennings Crowned Irish Tarmac Champ with Kumho
Congratulations to Garry Jennings and co-driver, Rory Kennedy for nailing the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship title in style, in conjunction with tyre sponsor, Kumho.
Garry's second place on last weekend’s (October 4-6) Orchard Motorsport Cork 20 event was sufficient to land him his first ITRC title, after a dominant season on the Irish black stuff – tarmac, not Guinness!
On the Orchard event, Jennings overcame early concerns about the health of his Subaru Impreza’s engine to bring the car home behind Daragh O’Riordan’s Ford Fiesta WRC, and clinch the prestigious seven round series – the first Co Fermanagh resident to do so since the legendary rally God, Bertie Fisher in 1996.
Having finished runner-up in last year’s championship, Jennings was determined not to let the biggest prize in Irish rallying slip through his fingers once more. Following outright victories in the Killarney Rally of the Lakes and the Ulster event he headed the leader board by 20 points from nearest rival Donagh Kelly going into the final round, so only needed a top five finish to get the job done. However, he was determined to add another win to his name and eventually lost out by just 0.22.9 seconds.
Kumho is no stranger to assisting drivers to success in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and has supplied tyres for the Jennings Subaru both last year and this. Said the company’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson: “We were gutted for Garry when he came so close to victory last year, so doubly pleased he has pulled it off this time around. Needless to say we are also delighted to add another major rally series to the long list on which Kumho tyres have outpaced those of rival manufacturers.”
For further information on Kumho tyres for rally stage, track and road, log onto www.kumhotyre.co.uk.