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RALLY NEWS No.8 - Service - Sunday @ 14:01:39
RALLY NEWS NO.8 Service/Sunday

1st (1) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC)
2nd (5) John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones (Darrian)
3rd (7) Damien McCarthy/Eamonn Hayes (Civic)
4th (4) Alan Ring/James O'Brien (Lancer N)
5th (9) John Cope/Alastair Wylie (Impreza)
6th (15) John Hendy/Alan Whyte (Corolla)
7th (12) Kevin O'Donoghue/Johnny Hickey (Escort)
8th (17) Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Escort)
9th (10) Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy (Escort)
10th (20) Gwyn Thomas/Anthony O'Conaill (Puma)
11th Brian O’Keefe 12th Tommy Mason 13th Sean O’Donovan 14th Eoghan Calnan 15th Ray O’Sullivan

Following the 6th gear problem with his Subaru Daragh O’Riordan made the decision to turn the rev limiter down on the car and reduce the top speed. On stage 11, the 2nd run over Ballinascarthy, dropped just over 6s to his rival John Dalton. However, Darrian man Dalton is still over 2m in arrears so with 5 stages to go O’Riordan can afford to drop up to 20s on every stage and still win this West Cork Rally. Damien McCarthy continues to drive brilliantly to hold on to his 3rd o/a and is now looking over his shoulder at the hard charging Alan Ring in 4th. Ring was 6s faster than McCarthy through SS1 and at that rate will not catch the young West Cork man. In addition this afternoon’s stages are tighter and twistier which should favour both Daragh O’Riordan and Damien McCarthy as outright top speed won’t be quite so critical. John Hendy fitted different tyres to his Corolla for that SS11 and he set a very good time to maintain his 6th place.

Kevin O’Donoghue is still the best placed Escort although Leonard Downey was 1s quicker through stage 11. In the Citroen Racing Trophy Joe McGonigle led after stage 11 but reports coming in suggest that McGonigle’s C2R2 Max has suffered sheared wheel studs in SS12, Clogagh and Joe has been forced to retire. In theory this would move David Carney into the lead but the hard charging Kevin O’Connor was just 16s behind Carney starting stage 12.

There has been a change at the top of the Historic category as well. David Cremin has moved into the lead in his Mk1 Escort. Alan Courtney (Porsche 928) is 2nd with Peadar Walsh 3rd in his Cortina.

On the Sunday Run Jason O’Mahony (Civic) leads after their first 2 stages. John Stafford who drives a 2 litre 16 valve Darrian retired from the main rally with gearbox problems. His team got that sorted overnight and he is now lying 2nd Sunday runner. David Guest retired his Civic from the main rally when the brakes gave up the ghost. He has the middle pedal working again and he is 3rd.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net Follow RallyNews on Twitter @ pacenotes

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