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RALLY NEWS No.9 - Antrim service - Saturday @ 14:47:45

RALLY NEWS NO.9 Antrim Service Saturday

1st (W3) Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC
2nd (W2) Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Impreza WRC)
3rd (W4) Darragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC)
4th (W10) Robert Barrable/Paddy Robinson (Fabia S2000)
5th (W5) Steve Perez/Paul Spooner (Focus WRC)
6th Moffett 7th Wright 8th Mavitty
1st (R1) Keith Cronin/Marshall Clarke (DS3 R3)
2nd (R4) Elfyn Evans/Phil Pugh (Fiesta)
3rd (R10) Osian Pryce/Iestyn Williams (DS3 R3)
4th (R2) Tom Cave/Craig Parry (DS3 R3)
5th (R9) Jonny Greer/Gordon Noble (DS3 R3)
6th (R7) Tommy Doyle/Liam Moynihan (DS3 R3)
7th Mark Donnelly 8th Matthew Cathcart 9th Guy Wilks 10th Callum Black

When Darren Gass and his co driver Enda Sherry came into service after stage 12 with just 2 more tests to go, he said. “We’re taking it steady now, its nice and dry. It is a pity that Derek has gone, nobody to race, it would have been good in these conditions.” Garry Jennings now has the ECU from Kevin Barrett’s Impreza fitted to his car and reported all well. Garry is now 1m20s behind the car in front and Daragh O’Riordan in 3rd is over a minute back so Garry has little incentive to push. Robert Barrable is however pushing, he is just 5s behind O’Riordan so these two are having a race for the final podium position. Steve Perez is really getting tuned in to the Northern Ireland roads, but reckons he would need to come back and do a rally next weekend as well to really get on the pace.

On Rally NI Keith Cronin was fastest through stage 12, Tardree, and he said. “The grip is a lot more consistent. We were on the right tyres, no problems”. Second placed Elfyn Evans commented. “In the dry now, anywhere we were making an advantage has gone. However the work has been done and we will hold station for second.” There is a big race for 3rd place between Pryce, Cave and Greer and it is all a bit close to call going into the last 2 stages. Alastair Fisher has crashed out on the Langford Lodge stage. No real damage to his Fiesta and he is reportedly driving it back to service. Finnish crew Jukka and Mikael Korhonen have retired their Fabia from 10th place following a drive shaft breakage in Tardree.

In the National Rally Frank Kelly has now moved into the lead from Derek McGeehan with Camillus Bradley 3rd, Pat Kirk 4th, Alistair Cochrane 5th and Fintan McGrady 6th. Frank Kelly has had a great run from the start. McGeehan had led but his Mini WRC began cutting out a few stages ago. The only way he could get it to re-start was to turn off the on-board computer and re-boot it. Camillus Bradley made a conservative start but has set good times as the rally progressed. Pat Kirk had a spin on the first stage and was down in 16th place but now leads GpN. Normal front runner George Robinson is in 15th and reports everything working well but not setting the times. Paddy McVeigh is 2nd in GpN and 10th o/a and has just had a massive backward spin at a junction.

Trevor Ferguson is 12th o/a and 3rd GpN but his Subaru needs a gearbox change before the final 2 stages. Drew Stewart has broken 3 alternators during the rally and is struggling somewhat. Ray Brammer’s Subaru is overheating and he has had to back off. Roger Kennedy’s Peugeot broke a drive shaft at just the right moment – going into service! William Todd has just crashed his Mini on the Langford stage.

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

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