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RALLY NEWS No.8 - Kings Hall Belfast - Saturday @ 15:36:30

RALLY NEWS NO.8 Kings Hall Belfast/Saturday

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

When the top drivers made their way from Kings Hall service to the Bucks Head stage outside Downpatrick there was snow on some of the main roads, but happily the stage was clear and indeed some of the drivers said it was drier than this morning. Craig Breen changed tyres this afternoon and he was almost 2s faster than Kajetanowicz. Alastair Fisher did almost the same time as the Polish driver. Breen has pushed his lead up to 12s and he said ‘There are 3 tough stages to go’. Kajetanowicz said at stage finish. ‘We have the wet tyre for the dry road!’ Alastair Fisher said he is happy with the pace he is at now and is just aiming for keep his position and help his Tarmac Championship campaign. Josh Moffett said he has brought his pace back a notch so he has obviously settled also.

Jaromir Tarabus in his Skoda has kept his 5th place and is on a good pace and he said. ‘That was perfect. At last the right tyre’. Tom Cave, 9th at the moment, reported serious gearbox worries and he is doing his best to coax his Fiesta to the finish in his quest for BRC points. Joe McGonigle is on a diet of Nurofen and spuds since hurting his back on a Hamilton’s Folly jump this morning and he said that his older model Skoda S2000 is struggling for top speed in the fast sections. Stephen Wright is carrying 2 wet tyres in the boot of his Fiesta just in case the weather changes. Jarislaw Kolun is lying 12th o/a despite losing some time in stage 11 when he came around a corner to find a wheel in the middle of the road and he had to slow down. The wheel belonged to Robert Woodside, who was up to 14th, but has unfortunately crashed his Fiesta into a tree – hence the wheel in the middle of the road.

The reason for Max Vatanen’s retirement was that a sensor in the engine department packed the fiddle…we are also getting news that Joe Connolly’s Fiesta R5 has stopped on the road section to SS11. Joe earlier recounted a story from the Glendun stage when James Slaughter said he would slot in behind Joe and give him a clear run. A mile up the road Joe spun his Fiesta between two log piles and it took him 2m to restart the engine and get the car facing in the correct direction.

When the top National cars arrived into the Banbridge regroup the early time showed little change in the order and Derek McGarrity still leads from Ollie Mellors with Wesley Patterson 3rd and Declan McNaughton 4th. Donie McDonald is 5th. Camillus Bradley makes up the top 6 and Clive Kilpatrick still leads GpN in his Lancer.

LATEST NEWS: Breen clipped stone on S12 lead down to 5s.

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