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RALLY NEWS No.7 - Kings Hall Belfast - Saturday @ 13:43:37
RALLY NEWS NO.7 Kings Hall Service/Saturday 13.40

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 (10) David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Fabia R5)
8th (7) Tom Cave/James Morgan (Fiesta R5)
9th (43) Stephen Wright/James Fulton (Fiesta R5)
10th (17) Joe McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Fabia S2000)

Having lost some momentum through stages 7, 8 and 9 Craig Breen set a time 2s faster than Kajetanowicz through stage 10. Elfyn Evans was actually fastest with a time of 9.04.2 through stage 10 Craig Breen was on 9.06.1 and Kajetan was 9.08.1. Alastair Fisher was 3s down on the Polish driver and is concentrating now on holding his 3rd place. Josh Moffett is going slightly faster than Alastair, but in overall terms is quite a bit back. Craig Breen was trying a different construction of tyre this morning and it took him a while to really get a feel for them. Now it looks as if the weather is changing, with heavy showers forecast for this afternoon’s 4 stages, so the drivers are faced with another quandary as to what tyres to chose. The Banbridge stage was through farming country and there were a lot of slippy patches strewn with mud, and one of those caught out Swedish driver Fredrik Ahlin. His accident happened after a series of fast corners into a slow and slippy left hander past a railway bridge parapet, and he was unfortunate to slide into the scenery. It would appear that Fredrik is out of the rally.

On the 2nd stage today, Hamilton’s Folly, Donegal man Joe McGonigle decided to take one of the big jumps more or less flat out and his Skoda landed very heavily, so much so that Joe hurt his back badly and had to stop the car. After almost a minute he felt a little better so kept going. But it certainly was the epitome of ‘knocked the wind out of my sails’! Ballynure man Robert Woodside, on his first rally in an R5 car, said that this new breed of car does so much for you that he was taking the jumps far too slowly and also many corners, but the harder you push the car the better it works for you. Robert is now up to 11th o/a.

Lukasc Pieniazek is now the leading Opel Adam driver: Marijan Griebel was leading but his Adam sustained a puncture in Hamilton’s Folly that cost well over a minute. Chris Ingram is now 2nd in the Opels and Griebel 3rd. Rob Duggan is 4th of the Adams but is in a Vauxhall example and Rob leads the BRC R2 Juniors points. Wojciech Chuchala continues to lead group N in his Subaru Impreza and he said. ‘I drive the safe way now’. Welsh driver Tomas Davies spun his Fiesta R5 in stage 8 and then lost more time when he caught the struggling Griebel in his Adam.

In the National Rally after stage 9, Bulls Brook, Derek McGarrity was leading by 1m12s from Ollie Mellors with Wesley Patterson now 3rd just 1s behind the flying Proton in front. Declan McNaughton was 4th, Alistair Cochrane 5th, Camillus Bradley 6th, Scottish driver Donie McDonald has got his Lancer into 7th and GpN leader Clive Kilpatrick, also in a Lancer, is 8th. Jamie Jukes is 9th in his Mitsubishi Mirage and NI Championship sponsor Fintan McGrady has come into 10th.

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

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