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Sligo Stages Rally 2012
RALLY NEWS No.2 - Service - Saturday @ 11:38:36

RALLY NEWS NO.2 End of stage 1/Saturday

1st (1) Shane Maguire/Martin McGarrity (Impreza N) 11.02
(2) Trevor & Kenny Bustard (Lancer N) 11.02
3rd (5) Jonathan Pringle/Martin Byrne (Escort) 11.05
4th (3) Pat Kirk/Peter Ward (Lancer N) 11.06
5th (7) Arthur & Mac Kierans 9Escort) 11.18
(9) Columba Heena/Declan Gallagher (Corolla) 11.18
7th (6) Alistair Cochrane/Gary Jonathan Charlesson (escort) 11.21
8th (8) Daniel Conaghan/Terence Magee (Escort) 11.25
9th (4) Jim McKenna/Thomas Treanor (Escort) 11.26
(14) David Leonard/Darragh Mullen (Lancer) 11.26

First few times from stage 2: Trevor Bustard 6.04: Shane Maguire 6.08: Pat Kirk 6.12: Jonathan Pringle 6.15: Columba Heena 6.16: Alistair Cochrane and Sean Gallagher both on 6.23: John Cairns 6.24.

Damp and slippery conditions prevailed over the opening Ladies Brae stage, but most of the drivers felt that there was a fair bit of grip with just the occasional shiny corner to catch the unwary. First on the road, Shane Maguire, felt he was a bit rusty having been out of the rally car for almost 2 months. Trevor Bustard reported a major moment on a left hander just before the stage finish that took the wind out of the Donegal plumber’s sails momentarily. Pat Kirk confessed he was slow to get going. Jonathan Pringle was the fastest of the Escorts and he said. “No problems. Getting bedded in, a steady run”. Arthur Kierans also had a reasonable time but he said his Escort seemed to be down on power.

An early disappoint was that Donegal Rally winner Garry Jennings only got a couple of miles into that first stage when his Herbie Blackburn Corolla WRC ground to a halt. Garry was reported to be out of the car and had the bonnet up but did not seem to get going. The other Corolla WRC, driven by New York based Quality Craftsman Liam Egan did get through the stage OK but dropped well over a minute through overshoots and spins. Andrew Mullen was expected to be right up with the front runners, but his Lancer his brake troubles on that first stage. John Cairns set respectable times through 1 and 2 despite having no intercom in his Lancer and he also had the rear quarter panel of the car scraping along the Sligo scenery. David Quigley in his Civic had a spin but lost little time. John Warren bent the steering of his Corolla over a jump.

Early news from the Down Rally is that Donagh Kelly led after stage 1 by just over 3s from Derek McGarrity with Kenny McKinstry 3rd, Geoff McMahon 4th, Derek McGeehan 5th and Vivian Hamill 6th.

More news to follow: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net Follow RallyNews on Twitter @Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews

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