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RALLY NEWS No.5 - Lurgan Park - Saturday @ 15:52:01

RALLY NEWS NO.5 Lurgan Park Paddock/Saturday 15.50

1st (1) Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Impreza WRC) 12.17.6
2nd (3) Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC) 12.24.2
3rd (4) Kenny McKinstry/Michael Gilmore (Impreza WRC) 12.24.5
4th (2) Derek McGarrity/Alan Beattie (Impreza WRC) 12.349.6
5th (7) Stuart Biggerstaff/Stephen Jess (Impreza WRC) 12.47.0
6th (12) Jonny & Geraldine Leonard (Lancer) 13.02.3
7th (10) Pat O`Connell/Mark Wiley (Lancer) 13.02.9
8th (41) Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird (Escort) 13.10.3
9th (11) Denis Biggerstaff/Adam Carson (Metro 6R4) 13.12.3
10th (9) Ray Brammer/Mo Downey (Impreza WRC) 13.12.5

Garry Jennings really hammered his Subaru through stage 6 but there was a surprise in store as Kenny McKinstry hammered as well, and he was fastest. Okay, McKinstry is still not leading, but even with 2 stages to go this rally is far from over. When McKinstry was asked what made the difference on that stage 6 he laughed and said. `I got my hands on a set of Kevin Barrett`s tyres and I am not being too careful with them!` Garry Jennings aid about his run. `That was the first stage I got real good grip`. Derek McGeehan reckons now it is down to the power of the respective cars and his 1600 world rally car is not going to match a 2 litre turbo car.

Another driver who went really well on that stage 6 was Stuart Biggerstaff and he was 4th quickest through the test. When Stuart`s father Denis, who is running a few cars back, brought his Metro into the control and saw Stuart`s time, he joked. `I will have to turn this pacemaker of mine up a bit!` Jonny Leonard was trying really hard and recorded a time of 1.51.7. Pat O`Connell was a fraction quicker than Jonny so it is going to be a grandstand finish between these 2 Lancers. Emma McKinstry had a good run but she is well down the order in 18th place following her earlier problems.

Wesley Patterson continues to hold a commanding lead in the MK2 Escort category. Keith White has managed to get the misfiring problem sorted on his Mk1 Escort and he is in 124th o/a. Frank Kelly is 125: David Bogie 16th: Andrew Bustard is his Lancer 17th: Alan Smyth is 19th and leads class 2 from Kyle White, Callum Devine and Lloyd Hutchinson. John Devlin is going very well in his Sunbeam and he leads class 3 and is in 20th o/a. Interestingly, Donagh Kelly, co driven by his son Eamonn, is 2nd in that class 3 with his Mk1 Escort. Donagh taking a break from his Tarmac and National Rally Championships campaign to have a bit of fun here today.

In Group N Paul Barrett/Declan Tumilty still lead in their Impreza by just over a second from Mark Massey/Niall Burns (Lancer).

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