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RALLY NEWS No.2 - Service - Saturday @ 11:03:18

RALLY NEWS NO.2 Service/Macroom/Saturday
1st (1) Daragh ORiordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 19.29.3
2nd (2) Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 19.36.1
3rd (5) Declan & Brian Boyle (Impreza WRC) 20.31.0
4th (11) Owen Murphy/James OBrien (Lancer N) 20.45.7
5th (8) Sam Moffett/James OReilly (Lancer N) 21.14.4
The above times are from the first few cars only and from the International Rally. In the National Rally Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Escort) are setting the pace on a total of 21.23.7. Roy White/Martin Brady (MG S2000) are 2nd on 21.48.2.

In the Citroen Racing Trophy David Carney leads on 22.12 from Kieran Daly on 22.37. Steve Wood is 3rd 22.56. Citroen Racing Trophy series leader Kevin O’Connor lost 4m in stage 2 when his C2R2 Max had throttle body trouble.

Some more times: Eoin Doyle 22.05: Denis Cronin 22.08: Willie Mavitty 22.06: Alan Treacy 22.37: Denis Moynihan 23.13: Pauric Cummins 22.29: Joe McGonigle 22.10: These times are from the early runners only. 58 cars started the rally and 51 completed stage 1.

News from the front runners…..Daragh O’Riordan said he was cautious enough through stage 2 and it was still more slippy than he thought it would be. Darren Gass was fastest through stage 2 even though he is struggling with his Subaru brakes fading. Well, not so much fading as the pedal going right down. To add to Darren’s woes he has a very heavy cold and did not sleep last night.

Donegal man Declan Boyle struggled a little because of intercom problems and also caught Denis Cronin in the stage. Denis is still trying to settle into his Subaru. Sam Moffett felt he was going hard but his Lancer’s tyres were still cold coming off the stage. Roy White was red in the face coming off stage 2 and he said. “My arms are hanging, the power steering has gone completely”.

Frank Kelly reported a few wild moment sin stage 1 when his Escort was getting very sideways, however after stage 2 he said. “That was much better, the tyres ere right for that one although there were still bits and pieces that could have caught you out”. Owen Murphy’s co driver James O’Brien told us. “Sure isn’t it a beautiful harvest morning”. Kanturk man James continued. “Its greasy underfoot but it is Cork and it is October”. As regards the rally, he said they had a good run through stage 2 and continue to lead group N. Denis Moynihan in the Mk1 Escort had 2 spins in stage 1 but then had a good run in stage 2. Joe McGonigle in his Clio caught Brian O’Keefe’s Impreza in SS2 and lost a few seconds. David Carney, the current Citroen leader, had a small overshoot in SS2 and Kieran Daly was actually fastest Citroen through that stage.
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