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RALLY NEWS No.3 - Service Belcoo - Saturday @ 14:14:16

RALLY NEWS NO.3 Service/Belcoo/Saturday

1st (2) Garry Jennings/Barry McNulty (Impreza) 20.46
(4) Jonny Greer/Gordon Noble (Lancer) 20.46
3rd (10) Mark Donnelly/Sean Ferris (Lancer N) 20.48
4th (8) Martin Cairns/Kevin Flanagan (Impreza WRC) 20.56
5th (5) Vincent & JP McAree (Lancer N) 21.07
6th (7) Enda McNulty/Paul Sheridan (Impreza) 21.16
7th (3) Ian Cochrane/Ray Fitzpatrick (Lancer N) 21.31
8th (6) Derek McGeehan/Damien Connolly (Mini WRC) 21.34
9th (1) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 21.46
10th (15) Drew Stewart/David White (Escort) 22.22

The 14.44 mile Carrigans stage certainly caused a few dramas. Fastest through it was Jonny Greer on a time of 13.33. Mark Donnelly recorded a 13.42 and Garry Jennings a 13.43. Jennings and Greer are now tying for the lead of the rally with Mark Donnelly 3rd. Jennings has reported all sorts of problems including slightly damaged steering after clipping a chicane. The handbrake of his Subaru is also broken. Jonny Greer’s co-driver Gordon Noble told us that Jonny drove really well through the long stage, and was even cautious in a few places.

Mark Donnelly in 3rd place finished the long stage with a bottle of water jammed under the pedals that didn’t help his cause. Martin Cairns had a small brake problem with his Subaru towards the end of the long stage but otherwise is going well. Martin was actually 2nd after SS1 although we had a wrong time for him that showed him down the list. Vincent McAree was the early leader of the rally but he lost a bit of time in stage 3 when his Lancer suffered a broken clutch cable. Enda McNulty in 6th place was grimacing with pain from a sore back. Ian Cochrane admitted to a shaky start but settled down well in stage 3 and was a lot happier when he reached service. Derek McGeehan in 8th in his Mini WRC is finding the stages quite bumpy and rough. Derek McGarrity in 9th still has a worry over the oil pressure on his Subaru and also the car lost its brakes halfway through stage 3. At one point it slithered on top of some rocks on a square left corner.

Jon Armstrong and Martin Brady are best of the small capacity cars and apart from leading class 1 are 13th overall and 2nd overall in group N behind Trevor Ferguson.

Retirements so far include – Desi Henry broke his Citroen radiator on a SS2 jump. Shane McGirr went off the same jump. Possibly his Starlet had damaged the steering previously on a chicane. Andy Bustard’s Escort is out with a broken steering arm. Frank Kelly’s Escort has stopped in SS3. Viv Hamill’s Escort is in a ditch in SS3. Alastair Fisher is out, Fiesta broken drive shaft.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net (with thanks to Michael & Zoe Patterson) Follow RallyNews on Twitter @Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews

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