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RALLY NEWS No.5 - Service after 5 - Sunday @ 15:57:52

RALLYNEWS NO.5 Service/Sunday

1st (2) Owen Murphy/James O`Brien (Lancer N) 37.02
2nd (3) Philip & Simon Morrow (Lancer N) 37.03
3rd (1) Mick O`Brien/Greg Shinnors (Focus WRC) 37.19
4th (5) Daniel O`Brien/Mark Glennerster (Focus WRC) 38.17
5th (4) Martin Cairns/Andrew Purcell (Impreza WRC) 38.25
6th (7) Josh Moffett/Jason McKenna (Lancer N) 38.32

1st (201) Shane McGirr/Jackie Elliott (Starlet rwd) 39.06
2nd (202) Desi Henry/Barry McNulty (Citroen DS3) 39.07
3rd (203) Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Escort) 40.35
4th (204) James Coleman/Liam Brennan (Escort) 40.53
5th (206) Paul Fitzgerald/Pierce Doheny Jnr (Escort) 41.01
6th (221) Fraser Mulholland/Geoff Patterson (Escort) 42.22
7th (205) Dean Rafferty/Aileen Kelly (Civic) 42.25

Just 1 second separates first and second in 4-wheel drive and the same in two-wheel drive – with one stage to go. With the rain getting heavier by the minute the final stage Kilcoran is going to be a fairly dramatic affair.

When the cars left service after stage 3 Phillip Morrow looked comfortably in control of the 4-wheel drive section but a puncture altered that. Morrow dropped well over 20s to allow Owen Murphy into the lead. On stage 5 then Morrow was faster than Murphy by 6s to leave the gap at just 1s. Whereas Morrow had a bit of misfortune in that stage 4 when his car drifted on a long right hander and the back wheel just caught a boulder, it was then Owen Murphy1s turn to have a problem in stage 5. His Lancer front brakes started to give trouble and also the car is not turning in very well. Mick O1Brien has held 3rd place since earlier today even though his Focus WRC continues to give conflicting messages in the dashboard read out. O1Brien1s co driver Greg Shinnors said that stage 5 was probably their best one of the day so far.

Sam Moffett has lost more time when the jury-rigged brake pipe to the rear caliper gave way again in stage 5. His brother Josh has swiped the rear left corner of his Lancer but his times are improving by the stage. Daniel O`Brien found the going very tough through stage 5 as the rain has made conditions more slippy and cut up. Martin Cairns was 12s faster than Daniel through stage 5. Liam Regan has improved his times through the last couple of stages to move into 7th place with Gerard Lucey slipping to 8th.

In the 2-wheel drive section Desi Henry is putting big pressure on Shane McGirr even though Shane said he had a good run through 5. James Coleman is also putting pressure on Mickey Conlon in the battle for 3rd place in the 2-wheel drive category. Mickey`s cause was not helped by 2 spins in stage 4. Dean Rafferty is now driving a controlled rally, not pushing overly hard, to hold 7th and best of the Juniors from Daniel Cronin. Conor McCarthy was 3rd in the Juniors but we have no time in for him as yet for SS5. Andrew Fanning has retired his Puma due to a broken drive shaft at the start of SS4. Kieran Roche has retired his Escort because of engine problems. Fraser Mulholland got a puncture in SS4 but is still lying 2nd in class 3 to Paul Fitzgerald, both inside the top 10. Fitzgerald`s Escort did develop a small misfire but came good again.

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