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RALLY NEWS No.3 - Antrim service - Friday @ 19:34:11

RALLY NEWS NO.3 Antrim Service – Friday 19.30

1st (W3) Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC 24.39.1
2nd (W1) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 24.41.7
3rd (W2) Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Impreza WRC) 25.14.9
4th (W4) Darragh ORiordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 25.16.4
5th (W10) Robert Barrable/Paddy Robinson (Fabia S2000) 25.54.3
6th (W6) Sam Moffett/James OReilly (Lancer N) 27.00.8
1st (R1) Keith Cronin/Marshall Clarke (DS3 R3) 26.11.1
2nd (R4) Elfyn Evans/Phil Pugh (Fiesta) 26.38.4
3rd (R10) Osian Pryce/Iestyn Williams (DS3 R3) 26.52.9
4th (R7) Tommy Doyle/Liam Moynihan (DS3 R3) 27.01.7
5th (R9) Jonny Greer/Gordon Noble (DS3 R3) 27.02.4
6th (R8) Desi Henry/Barry McNulty (DS3 R3) 27.10.8
7th (R5) Alastair Fisher/Daniel Barritt (Fiesta) 27.12.8
8th (R3) Mark Donnelly/Dai Roberts (Clio) 27.13.2
9th (R6) Guy Wilks/David Moynihan (Twingo) 27.24.3
10th (R16) Callum Black/Paul Wakely (DS3 R3) 27.28.6

In the Ulster Rally category Darren Gass was fastest over the 2nd run through Knockboy. Darren was 2s up on Derek McGarrity. There is still only 2.6s between the leading two. McGarrity picked a harder compound Pirelli and he is hoping it will pay off over the Torr Head stage. Garry Jennings equalled McGarrity’s time through that 4th stage. Garry seems to have got his Impreza hand brake problem sorted out. Darragh O’Riordan had a disappointing run to drop from 3rd to 4th. Stephen Wright is still struggling with his Lancer. He ha the brake discs changed at service but is still getting a vibration when he hits the middle pedal. Sam Moffett is the best of the conventional Group N cars in his Lancer.

In Rally NI Keith Cronin pronounced himself a lot happier with his tyre choice at the end of stage 4 and it certainly showed in his times. The West Cork man was over 10s faster than his closest pursuer, Elfyn Evans. That is not to say that young Welsh driver Evans is hanging about, he certainly is not. He is in an R2 car as opposed to Cronin’s R3 Citroen. Indeed, it was expected that Alastair Fisher, who is driving a similar Fiesta to Elfyn, would give him a run for his money here on the Ulster. It is not working out that way. Alastair simply cannot explain his lack of pace and indeed dropped from 6th to 7th on that 4th stage. Osian Pryce and Desi Henry both set cracking times through stage 4. Osian maintains his 3rd place while Desi moved up 2 positions to 5th o/a. Guy Wilks is still struggling with the handling of his Twingo and was 12th o/a through the stage. Chris Ingram is down in 19th place in his Twingo.

In the Irish Citroen Racing Trophy after stage 4 David Carney led from Adrian McElhinney by 17s. Series points leader Kevin O’Connor was 13s in arrears. His C2R2 Max had some problem with the throttle body mechanism which is hopefully now resolved.

In the Historic Rally there are many different categories but after stage 3 Welshman Tomas Davies topped the list despite his Escort losing its brakes towards the end of Torr Head. Wesley Patterson was 2nd although his Escort was having clutch problems. Ernie Graham led after the opening stage but lost a bit of momentum over Torr Head and was 3rd at service. Julian Reynolds was 4th. His Escort had rev counter problems that also affected the gearshift. Keith McIvor’s Porsche was suffering from a misfire and he was down in 8th place. Dessie Nutt led the ‘B5’ class in his older model Porsche, from Derek Boyd.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ & MICHAEL PATTERSON with thanks to Christel Patterson. www.rallynews.net Follow us on Twitter @Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews

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