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Galway International Rally
RALLY NEWS No.9 - Gort Service - Sunday @ 13:21:42
 

RALLY NEWS NO.9 Service/Gort/Sunday 1.20

UNOFFICIAL INT. LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 11 LOUGH CUTRA
1ST (4) Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan (Focus WRC) 1.02.01.8
2ND (3) Eugene Donnelly/Paul Kiely (BMW Mini WRC) 1.02.49.4
3RD (5) Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson (Fiesta WRC) 1.02.51.9
4th (7) Josh Moffett/John Rowan (Fiesta WRC) 1.04.22.3
5th (1) Declan & Brian Boyle (Impreza WRC) 1.05.03.6
6th (6) Dean Raftery/Mark Kane (BMW Mini WRC) 1.05.41.8
UNOFFICIAL Nat. LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 11
1st (8) Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore (Starlet rwd) 1.06.44.5
2nd (19) Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Escort) 1.09.12.3
3rd (50) Ross Marshall/Dave Robson (Escort) 1.09.38.0
4th (82) John & Thomas Lynch (Escort) 1.09.51.6
5th (28) Stephen Greaney/Kieran Feeney (Escort) 1.10.02.7
6th (34) Declan Wilmott/Anthony Nestor (Escort) 1.10.31.2

On stage 10 Black Road, Donagh Kelly was fastest by less than a second from Sam Moffett with Eugene Donnelly a further 5s back in 3rd. Then on stage 11, Lough Cutra, Eugene Donnelly turned in a fantastic time to beat the rally leader by 5s. Dean Raftery was 3rd quickest, less than 2s behind his Mini WRC team mate. When Donagh Kelly brought his Focus WRC into service he told us. `Conditions are very difficult. There were places where it was like glass, very slippery. I was virtually at road speed at times`. Eugene Donnelly said. `The grip is inconsistent`. Eugene went on to say that at times he is really struggling to hold on to the car. Sam Moffett has been doing a brilliant job today in his Fiesta WRC, swapping times with Eugene and with just 3 stages to go now to the finish it is all to play for. Josh Moffett remains in 4th place despite his Fiesta sustaining a puncture in stage 10 and he took it a wee bit easier through stage 11 as he could feel a vibration in the car.

Despite setting some good times Declan Boyle remains in 5th place and he said. `I am just tipping round`. Dean Raftery continues to impress on his first drive in a Mini WRC and his times are ultra competitive. Pauric Duffy was 7th in his Fiesta R5 but the car was apparently stopped in stage 11 and eventually arrived here at service well out of order. Jonny Greer is now showing as the leader of class 5, Jonny trying WRC type tyres for the first time and although they took a while to heat up he is well pleased with them. Joe McGonigle is now 2nd in class 5 and 10th o/a in the Skoda S2000. Aaron MacHale has taken the lead in GpN from Brendan Cumiskey. MacHale is now 8th Brendan 9th.

Mickey Conlon has been setting some good times in the National rally and has moved up to 2nd o/a behind Declan Gallagher and ahead of Ross Marshall. In the Junior Rally Vincent McSweeney has now moved into the lead from Richard Moore with Andy Mahon 3rd. In the Historic Rally on our latest information Ernie Graham still leads from Gareth Lloyd with Joe Connolly 3rd.

On Rally Latvia Craig Breen/Scott Martin have taken a great win in their Peugeot 208 that moves him into a very strong position in the ERC. Young Jon Armstrong was on course for 13th o/a in his Peugeot R2 that is quite an achievement for the young Fermanagh driver.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON & MICHAEL www.rallynews.net *Follow RallyNews on Twitter & Facebook @Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews
 
 
 
 



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