Saturday 17 March 2018

Jennings clocks up second victory

Fermanagh driver Garry Jennings took his second Valvoline National Forestry Rally Championship win of the year yesterday, taking the lead on the fourth of eight stages of the Tipperary Sean Conlon Memorial event at Mitchelstown.

With co-driver David Moynihan, Jennings finished 18 seconds ahead of early leader Vincent McAree, with defending National champion Owen Murphy just two seconds behind in third place.

Monaghan's Shane Maguire scored his first outright win in the Quinn Body Repairs/Sligo Park Hotel Sligo Stages Rally, finishing almost two minutes clear of Pat Kirk.

Stoner slip-up leaves

Lorenzo in box seat

World champion Casey Stoner handed the initiative in the MotoGP title race to Jorge Lorenzo after crashing on the last lap of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring. Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, took his first win of the season.

Stoner slid off the track with only a handful of corners to go. Lorenzo came through to take second and establish a 14-point lead at the top of the standings; Andrea Dovizioso was third.

Spaniard Lorenzo said: "We have luck from Casey's crash. I would have been happy to finish third as the bike was not so good."

Irish Independent

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