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RALLY NEWS No.3 - Owenahincha - Saturday @ 15:36:56

RALLY NEWS NO.3 Owenahincha/Saturday

1st (141) Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Impreza WRC) 26.37.8
2nd (5) Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Lancer N) 26.50.3
3rd (2) Brian O`Mahony/John Higgins (Impreza WRC) 26.57.7
4th (1) Daragh O`Riordan/Tony McDaid (Fiesta WRC) 27.01.4
(8) John Joe Fleming/Robbie Ward (Focus WRC) 27.01.4
6th (14) Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 27.28.7
7th (6) Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Escort) 27.36.8
8th (9) John Cope/Alistair Wylie (Impreza WRC) 27.58.2
9th (12) Ed O`Callaghan/Raymond Scott (Escort) 28.01.2
10th (4) John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones (Darrian) 28.09.3

When Denis Cronin brought his Subaru into service at Tossie Hayes Caravan Park in Owenahincha he said. `This car is so nice to drive you would not even know you were going fast.` Certainly Denis has turned in a masterful performance over this opening loop of stages. Second placed Owen Murphy is not hanging about either to have his GpN Lancer ahead of three World Rally Cars. Owen said. `That is the best I have ever driven and we caught and passed the Darrian in there`. As it turns out John Dalton`s Darrian had suffered a puncture in stage 2 and had to do all of stage 3 on a space saver tyre. Brian O`Mahony down in 4th in the new WRC S14 Impreza lost time at the start of stage 3 with a stall, Brian also has a worry over the rear differential of the car and to cap it all there was some smoke inside the car. After stage 1 we had Brian in 2nd place but his time was subsequently amended so he led the rally after stage 1 and was 2nd after stage 2.

Daragh O`Riordan is in 4th place with his Fiesta WRC and reckoned the suspension was just a little bit hard on the car and he also had some intercom problems. It is all part and parcel of a brand new car and Daragh is gradually sorting things out.

Adrian Hetherington is fastest of the Escorts, having a really good run but told us he is not saying anything until the rally is over in case he spoils his luck! John Cope did well to be 9th o/a despite some intercom problems and also picking too hard a compound tyre. Frank Kelly said he just has not got into the rythm. Ed O`Callaghan made a wrong tyre choice. Pat O`Connell clipped a chicane and also has brake fade on every stage. Kevin O`Donoghue picked too soft a compound tyre and lost a lot of time. Wesley Patterson is having clutch problems with his beautiful Escort and is also losing time. Brian O`Keefe is in a sparkling new Mk15 Impreza Group N and in his own words. `We are bedding it in very slowly. We do not want to scrape it`.
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