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RALLY NEWS No.6 - Lurgan Park - Saturday @ 15:53:21

RALLY NEWS NO.6 Lurgan Park Saturday
1st (3) Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Impreza WRC) 11.52.2
2nd (1) Kenny McKinstry/Claire Gamble (Impreza WRC) 12.01.6
3rd (12) Kevin Kelleher/Martin Brady (Impreza WRC) 12.28.1
4th (14) Jonny Leonard/Geraldine Leonard (Lancer) 12.31.6
5th (5) Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC) 12.33.1
6th (7) Stuart Biggerstaff/Anthony Nestor (Metro 6R4) 12.35.0
7th (11) Emma McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Impreza WRC) 12.35.7
8th (43) Wesley Patterson/Russell Harrold (Escort) 12.36.0
9th (42) Frank Kelly/Peter Dunlop (Escort) 12.41.3
10th (49) James & Rebecca Kennedy (Escort) 12.46.3

Garry Jennings fitted harder compound tyres to his Subaru for the 6th stage and again went fastest, 3s up on Kenny McKinstry with Jonny Leonard coming through to 4th fastest stage time. When we talked to Kenny McKinstry after the stage he reckoned he had a good run, had kept it neat and tidy, but had no answer to the pace of Jennings. Kevin Kelleher came up to spectate on this rally last year and vowed he would come back and compete – here he is 3rd overall and enjoying every minute, although he was not just as fast through stage 6. Kevin felt that he was just a little tentative on the downhill gravel section.

It looks like tough luck for the Biggerstaff family. Denis withdrew his Subaru before the start of stage 6 as he felt there was something not right about the engine. His son Stuart started the stage in 4th position but slipped a couple of places when his Metro 6R4 engine seemed to lose power and the oil pressure light flicked on. Stuart is heading out to do stage 7 hoping that the engine will be OK. Emma McKinstry has been driving a brilliant rally today and indeed was 3rd fastest through stage 6. Emma reported a big moment through stage 5 when she felt an artificially tightened corner was even tighter than she had pictured it and she was lucky to get away with it. Cork man Cal McCarthy clipped the front corner of his new model Civic. Fortunately the damage did not slow him and his times have now improved dramatically as he gradually got into the way of the sequential change system in the car.

Wesley Patterson was just half a second faster than Frank Kelly through the stage so Wesley maintains the mantle of best Escort and leads class 3. James Kennedy has come into 10th o/a in his Escort and leads the 2 litre category. Mark Massey leads GpN from Andrew Mullen with Darren McKelvey 3rd and Marc Johnston 4th. In the Historic section Stephen Mawhinney leads class 6 and Bob Adamson leads cl.7.

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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