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Lurgan Park Rally 2013
RALLY NEWS No.3 - Lurgan Park - Saturday @ 12:32:31

RALLY NEWS NO.3 Lurgan Park/Saturday 12.30

1st (3) Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Impreza WRC) 6.25.2
2nd (1) Kenny McKinstry/Claire Gamble (Impreza WRC) 6.25.9
3rd (9) Denis Biggerstaff/Damien McCann (Impreza WRC) 6.38.2
4th (12) Kevin Kelleher/Martin Brady (Impreza WRC) 6.39.7
5th (7) Stuart Biggerstaff/Anthony Nestor (Metro 6R4) 6.40.6
6th (5) Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC) 6.41.7
7th (43) Wesley Patterson/Russell Harrold (Escort) 6.43.6
8th (11) Emma McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Impreza WRC) 6.43.7
9TH (14) Jonny Leonard/Geraldine Leonard (Lancer) 6.44.0
10TH (19) Keith White/David Lyness (Escort Mk1) 6.48.9
11th (17) Pat O`Connell/Mark Wylie (Lancer N) 6.49.4
12th (49) James & Rebecca Kennedy (Escort) 6.49.6

The situation at the front of this Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally is very tight indeed with Kenny McKinstry another half a second faster than Garry Jennings to leave the gap between the two just 0.7 of a second. Kenny admitted to making `a mess` of the gravel section but was still fastest, while Garry Jennings also admitted to losing a split second or two when his Subaru touched a chicane. Denis Biggerstaff in 3rd place was well pleased with his run and reported no problems. Kevin Kelleher in 4th was dreading the gravel sections of the rally but now he is talking about buying a set of forest tyres he is enjoying it so much. Stuart Biggerstaff in 5th got his Metro 6R4 power steering leak stemmed but celebrated a bit too much in stage 3 and had a very wild moment over the grass on the fast section of the stage towards the finish. His time was faster than his father`s. Derek McGeehan holds on to 6th place and said he is still taking no chances. Alan Carmichael in the other Mini WRC is down n 14th and commented. `We are just chipping away`.

Wesley Patterson is now the very clear leader of the Mk2 Escorts and is 7th o/a. Frank Kelly dropped as much as 10s in the stage when he had a massive slide into the bushes up beside the golf course, and was lucky to get away without a major accident. It certainly has knocked the wind out of Frank`s sails and he dropped from 4th o/a to 14th o/a. Keith White is now 2nd best Escort in his Mk1. James Kennedy is 3rd in the Escorts and leading the 2 litre class. James has his daughter Rebecca co-driving today.

Pat O`Connell has extended his Group N lead ever so slightly. Massey is just over 3s in arrears. Andrew Mullen has dropped out of the GpN picture following a small time loss when his Lancer hit a chicane. This leaves Marc Johnston 3rd in GpN.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net (with thanks to Michael & Zoe Patterson *Follow RallyNews on Twitter @ Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews

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