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RALLY NEWS No.4 - Antrim service - Friday @ 20:46:46

RALLY NEWS NO.4 Antrim Service Friday

1st (W3) Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC 31.53.0
2nd (W1) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 32.06.7
3rd (W2) Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Impreza WRC) 32.49.0
4th (W4) Darragh ORiordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 33.01.3
5th (W10) Robert Barrable/Paddy Robinson (Fabia S2000) 33.23.7
6th (W6) Sam Moffett/James OReilly (Lancer N) 35.03.8
1st (R1) Keith Cronin/Marshall Clarke (DS3 R3) 33.45.7
2nd (R4) Elfyn Evans/Phil Pugh (Fiesta) 34.23.6
3rd (R10) Osian Pryce/Iestyn Williams (DS3 R3) 34.51.0
4th (R9) Jonny Greer/Gordon Noble (DS3 R3) 34.52.2
5th (R7) Tommy Doyle/Liam Moynihan (DS3 R3) 35.10.6
6th (R3) Mark Donnelly/Dai Roberts (Clio) 35.17.6
7th Cave 8th Wilks 9th Korhonen 10th Cathcart

In the Ulster Rally category Darren Gass was fastest on the 2nd visit to Torr Head. Darren was just over 11s up on McGarrity for the 8 mile stage. Darren said. “I picked a medium slick tyre and it worked brilliantly”. Derek McGarrity commented. “I just don’t understand why the tyres didn’t work better. We picked a harder compound and it should have been OK”. Following his impressive time through stage 4, Garry Jennings was looking good through that 5th stage, but then his Subaru brakes faded before the finish and he then dropped a few seconds, but remains 3rd o/a.

Darragh O’Riordan had his Subaru up a bank on a right hander over a crest not far from the start. He lost about 20s. It wasn’t too disastrous for Darragh but caused a massive problem for 3 other drivers. It would appear that the O’Riordan Subaru pulled some rocks on to the road and Alastair Fisher’s Fiesta, as well as Joe McGonigle’s Clio and Desi Henry’s Citroen all thumped a rock and incurred punctures. All three had to stop and change the their punctured wheels. Alastair Fisher lost well over 2m. Desi Henry and Joe McGonigle lost even more time.

Willie Mavitty’s Lancer did not reach the finish of that stage and unconfirmed reports suggest he may be off the road. Further comments included: Robert Barrable said. “The big crests on Torr Head are so hard to judge"” Keith Cronin commented. “We are setting a good pace, not flat out. The running water that was there earlier is now getting spread further down the road with the passage of the cars. It is hard to judge”. Elfyn Evans said. “I’m driving my own rally”. Mark Donnelly is now having clutch problems with his Clio. Longford’s Tommy Doyle reported. “I’m not going great. We changed the settings on the car and I’m going backwards”. Finnish driver Korhonen said he made a few small mistakes and found it a very difficult stage.

In the Irish Citroen Racing Trophy David Carney still leads by 11s from Adrian McElhinney. Kevin O’Connor has closed to within 1s of Adrian but remains in 3rd place.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ & MICHAEL PATTERSON Thanks to Christel Patterson www.rallynews.net Follow RallyNews on Twitter @Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews

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