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RALLY NEWS No.6 - Banbridge - Saturday @ 11:55:03

RALLY NEWS NO.6 Banbridge centre/Saturday 11.50

1st (1) Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen DS3R5)
2nd (3) Kajetan Kajetanowicz/Jaroslaw Baran (Fiesta R5)
3rd (6) Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble (Fiesta R5)
4th (39) Josh Moffett/John Rowan (Fiesta R5)
5th (11) Jaromir Tarabus/Daniel Trunkat (Fabia R5)
6th (15) Jonny Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citroen DS3R5)
7th (9) Fredrik Ahlin/M.E.Abrahamsen (Fiesta R5)
8th (10) David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Fabia R5)
9th (7) Tom Cave/James Morgan (Fiesta R5)
10th (43) Stephen Wright/James Fulton (Fiesta R5)

The top cars have just completed the Hamilton’s Folly and Bulls Brooks stages and have lined up here in Banbridge main street at a regroup control. Kajetan Kajetanowicz was fastest through both stages and is now just 8s behind rally leader Craig Breen. Alastair Fisher is on a good pace but is still being relatively careful, and the gap between himself and Polish driver Kajetan is widening, but still only 9s. There was huge disappointment for Marty McCormack and Sam Moffett in stage 9, Bulls Brooks, McCormack was a superb 4th o/a in his older model Skoda but reportedly the fuel pump has stopped working, and he has not arrived here at the regroup. Sam Moffett was lying 8th when he hit the brakes too hard for a square left junction and his Fiesta R5 got stuck on top of a bank. Jonny Greer in his Citroen DS3R5 has really lit up after the last few stages and is right in amongst the top times.

In the National Rally after stage 7 Derek McGarrity still led from Wesley Patterson with Ollie Mellors charging hard in his Proton and up to 3rd o/a. Declan McNaughton was 4th, Alistair Cochrane 5th and Rodney White 6th. Group N leader Clive Kilpatrick in his Lancer is now 7th. Derek McGarrity had misfire problems all through the Friday stages, but a change of spark plugs and leads has brought his Fiesta WRC back on full song. Wesley Patterson is more or less on home ground here in Co. Down, but he counts himself lucky to get through stage 7 after his Escort drifted into a hedge and bounced back on the road. Ollie Mellors in his Proton is taking some time out of Patterson but is still a fair bit back. Declan McNaughton is now struggling with a broken manifold on his Escort which is causing a power loss. Alistair Cochrane seems to have something awry in his Escort’s rear suspension that is causing uneven tyre wear. Clive Kilpatrick ran wide on one corner in stage 7, eased back a bit and it cost him a place but he still leads GpN in his Lancer. Rodney White commented. ‘Great rally, massive race’ Not so happy was his brother Keith who retired yesterday with a broken half shaft on his Sunbeam.

Gus and Pat Kearney in the 2 Sepam Lancers are still going strong in their quest for Tarmac Championship Group N points. Gus caught the ailing Stanley Ballantine in stage 7 that cost him a few seconds, otherwise OK. Peter O’Kane dropped down the order when his Lancer suffered 2 punctures on Torr Head. Callum Devine is in Rally 2 and setting some scorching times.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON & MICHAEL & ZOE PATTERSON www.reallynews.net *Follow RallyNews on Twitter & Facebook @Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews

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