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RALLY NEWS No.2 - After SS1 - Sunday @ 11:39:18
RALLY NEWS NO.2 End of stage 1/Sunday
1st (3) Philip & Simon Morrow (Lancer N) 5.13
2nd (1) Mick O`Brien/Greg Shinnors (Focus WRC) 5.18
3rd (2) Owen Murphy/James O`Brien (Lancer) 5.22
4th (5) Dan O`Brien/Mark Glennerster (Focus WRC) 5.27
5th (6) Vincent & JP McAree (Lancer N) 5.31
6th (9) Sam Moffett/James O`Reilly (Lancer N) 5.33

1st (201) Shane McGirr/Jackie Elliott (Starlet rwd) 5.39
(202) Desi Henry/Barry McNulty (Citroen DS3) 5.39
3rd (203) Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Escort) 5.44
4th (204) James Coleman/Liam Brennan (Escort) 5.45
5th (206) Paul Fitzgerald/Pierce Doheny Jnr (Escort) 5.51
6th (205) Dean Rafferty/Aileen Kelly (Civic) 5.58

All the top drivers came through stage 1 unscathed. Phillip Morrow was fastest and he said. “Everything worked well, no problems. We did clip a rock but no puncture”. Second fastest Mick O`Brien reported no problems, but found it very slippy in places. Owen Murphy said his Lancer front wheel hit a rock and it knocked his confidence somewhat for the rest of the stage. Martin Cairns had a half spin kin his Impreza WRC and is lying just outside the top 6 on a time of 5.42. Josh Moffett is also just outside the top lot on 5.36 and he said he had no confidence. Sam Moffett’s mind is more on a test session tomorrow in the McKinstry Impreza WRC S14 and he commented. “I just drove through that stage. I don’t know what I was thinking about”.

Liam Regan in the 4wd Peugeot recorded a time of 5.49 and he was not particularly happy and said his car was not right over the bumps. Niall Henry was on his first time on gravel in this Lancer so he did well to record a 5.40. Mark Murphy in his Lancer clipped a rock that had been pulled out. Michael Carbin found his Lancer very bad over the bumps and only managed a 6.07. Paul Barrett had a decent run despite reckoning he was on the wrong tyres for the conditions and his time was 5.46.

In the 2 wheel drive category Desi Henry was quite a surprise to be equal fastest. Desi’s Citroen seemed to be in turbo problems on the way up to the stage. He stopped the engine and reset the mapping and it all then came good. Shane McGirr reported no problems. James Coleman found it slippy in places.

Dean Raftery was the fastest Junior on that opening stage although he found his Civic slightly down on power. The other 2 Juniors out today are Daniel Cronin, who set a time of 6.03 and Conor McCarthy who did a 6.09 in his Civic. Conor had some intercom problems in the stage.
Andrew Fanning had a scare on the way to the first stage when his Puma petrol cap came off. Daniel Cronin survived a bang into a rock on a “Don’t Cut” corner which he did cut. Ray Benskin`s Escort has lost power and he does not know why. Pierce Doheny lost some time when his Peugeot suffered a puncture 2 miles into the stage.

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