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RALLY NEWS No.3 - Service - Saturday @ 14:23:37

RALLY NEWS NO.3 Service/Saturday

1st (1) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 28.02.5
2nd (2) Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Impreza N) 28.46.3
3rd (5) John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones (Darrian) 29.37.5
4th (7) Damien McCarthy/Eamonn Hayes (Civic) 30.00.8
5th (9) John Cope/Alastair Wylie (Impreza) 30.17.3
6th (4) Alan Ring/James O'Brien (Lancer N) 30.20.1
7th (14) Fergus O'Meara/Diarmuid Lynch (Escort) 30.22.7
8th (15) John Hendy/Alan Whyte (Corolla) 30.30.5
9th (10) Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy (Escort) 30.35.4
10th (8) Peter Lloyd/Martin Brady (Impreza WRC) 30.39.1

Temperatures are rising here in the West Cork countryside and so are the speeds in the special stages with Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid fastest of all in their Scariff Plant Hire Impreza WRC. Daragh reported that his run through stages 3 and 4, the 2nd visit to Ring and Inchy Bridge, were relatively incident free, although a slight wisp of smoke from under the bonnet of Daragh's Impreza WRC S12C is going to need looked at here at service. Colm Murphy was in a real panic to get his GpN Impreza into service as there was an engine mounting broken. Colm’s co driver Don Montgomery said they lost a lot of time through SS4 but in reality they were 2nd fastest, although 12s down on O’Riordan. John Dalton in 3rd place has changed the rear suspension dampers to a softer set up on his Darrian. He said he should have done it years ago and it has really improved the handling of the car.

Damien McCarthy/Eamon Hayes are still going fantastically well in their Civic. They are leading cl.11 as well as 4th o/a, and Damien said. “We’re driving as fast as we dare”. Remarkably, considering the speed he is going at the young man is as cool as a cucumber. John Cope continues to do a very solid job in his Impreza to hold 5th. Alan Ring has moved from 7th to 6th on that loop of 2 stages. The Munster Joinery man has softened the suspension of his Lancer and said. “It’s a small bit better”. Peter Lloyd’s co driver Martin Brady said after stage 4. “The car is fantastic in most places but wouldn’t inspire confidence over the bumps”. Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy got ahead of Lloyd on that loop and co driver Mark remarked. “We’re getting into the groove now. Everything is going well”. Brian O’Keefe reckons he should have been on slick dry weather tyres, and the decision to go on intermediates cost him time.

Fergus O’Meara stalled his beautiful Escort off the line on the Ring stage but still set a good time and then inexplicably was not quite so quick through stage 4. He has dropped from 5th to 7th. Liam Howlett inverted his Escort on the Ring stage and held up a few following cars. Liam and co driver Leo are reportedly OK. West Cork farmer John Buttimer lost first gear on his Impreza through stage 4 but still set a good time and is 22nd o/a. Joe McGonigle leads the Citroen Racing Trophy by 11s from David Carney with Kevin O’Connor/Shane Buckley 3rd. Peter Barrable seems to be running late, having stopped to change a throttle body on his C2R2. At the Bishopscourt Rally today it is a Mini 1-2 with Derek McGarrity leading from Derek McGeehan. Kieron Graffin is 3rdm, John McGaffin 4th and Dominic McNeill 5th. David Graham has now come into 6th.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON For updates go to www.rallynews.net Follow RallyNews on Twitter @ pacenotes

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