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RALLY NEWS No.3 - After SS3 - Saturday @ 13:38:11

RALLY NEWS NO.3 Service/Enniskillen/Saturday

1st (1) Donagh Kelly/Mark Cassidy (Mini WRC) 22.17
2nd (5) Josh Moffett/Jason McKenna (Lancer) 22.18
3rd (2) Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Lancer) 22.32
4th (4) Martin Cairns/Kevin Flanagan (Impreza WRC) 22.37
5th (3) Pat O`Connell/Derek Gibbs (Lancer) 22.41
6th (6) Sam Moffett/James O`Reilly (Lancer N) 22.44
7th (58) Kenny McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Impreza WRC) 22.51
8th (9) Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 23.06
9th (64) James Gillen/Pierce Doheny (Impreza WRC) 23.40
10th (14) Niall Henry/John Rowan (Lancer N) 23.42

Through the 11.25 mile Ballintempo stage Donagh Kelly really gave it a good go to move into the lead of this Lakeland Stages Rally. Josh Moffett had led for the first 2 stages but dropped 4s to Donagh in the Mini WRC through stage 3. Interestingly on stage 4 Josh was again fastest by 1s from Donagh. Donagh said here at service that he was settling into the Mini WRC and had no real problems. Josh perhaps lost a second or two at a chicane in the Ballintempo stage and also had a fairly big moment at a 5 right over a crest jump. Desi Henry reported no problems and is a solid 3rd, his co driver Liam Moynihan from Cork said. `These are savage good stages here in Fermanagh!` Martin Cairns set a good time through stage 3 to move up from 5th to 4th.

In the battle for best 2 wheel drive Frank Kelly had the edge over the opening 2 stages but his Escort went just a little bit wide on one corner in stage 3 and got stuck in a bog. His closest rival Adrian Hetherington said afterwards that when he saw Frank off he really lost his momentum. Alistair Cochrane had a problem with a broken alternator wire on his Escort that he managed to fix on a road section. He also bent the front left suspension strut on a big Ballintempo jump, but otherwise OK. Niall Henry slowed in stage 3 thinking he had a puncture but it transpired that it was the car in front, Marty McKenna, who had the puncture and Niall could smell the burnt rubber in his car. Damien McGauran in the Corolla had a small overshoot and also some minor brake problems.

In the competition amongst the up to 1600 cars Conor Kelly in his Sunny still leads after stage 4 from Dominic Leonard (Nova) with Jordan Hone 3rd in his Micra. Adam Bustard dropped time with a puncture on the first stage. Alan Smyth went off in SS2 and lost 5m and he said. `I was just too eager into a square left and went into the ditch. It was very loose`. Alan did lead after SS1.

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