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RALLY NEWS No.6 - Lurgan Park - Saturday @ 15:27:52

RALLY NEWS NO.6 Lurgan Park/Saturday


1st (1) Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Impreza WRC) 12.18.3
2nd (2) Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr (Impreza WRC) 12.28.5
3rd (3) Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Fiesta WRC) 12.36.5
4th (5) Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC) 12.42.8
5th (4) Derek McGarrity/Diarmuid Falvey (Fiesta WRC) 12.46.4
6th (8) Stuart Biggerstaff/Fraser Mulholland (Impreza WRC) 12.53.4
7th (7) Pat O’Connell/Adam Coffey (Lancer) 13.03.0
8th (12) Robert Woodside/Rachel Robinson (Fiesta R5) 13.04.0
9th (18) Damien Toner/Thomas Treanor (Escort) 13.08.0
10th (15) Keith White/Paul Mulholland (Escort Mk1) 13.18.3

There was drama for rally leader Garry Jennings on stage 6 when his Subaru rounded a corner to be confronted by a large straw bale. When Garry got to stage finish he was not a happy man and he said that there was no way the bale was there when he made his reconnaissance. Second on the road, Kenny McKinstry, saw no problem at the same spot but perhaps Garry pushed the bale out of the way. McKinstry recorded the fastest time of 1.48.8 while Garry Jennings dropped just over 4s. Both Declan Boyle and Derek McGarrity recorded almost identical times to Jennings. Kenny McKinstry reverted back to his dry weather slick racing tyres for that stage and was very happy with the performance of the car. Derek McGeehan reported that he had a nice neat run while Derek McGarrity shrugged his shoulders and said ‘Too slow’. Stuart Biggerstaff is getting into the swing of things today and when he brought the family Subaru to a halt he had an ear to ear grin and commented. ‘That is mighty. What rallying is all about’.

Not so happy was Robert Woodside, he told us that his Fiesta R5 launch control failed at the start of the stage and the engine stalled and would not re-start. Robert said it felt like a lifetime. In fact he only dropped a handful of seconds, possibly 8. Once again Damien Toner left his Escort rivals open mouthed with his very fast time through stage 6. Keith White and Frank Kelly were a couple of seconds down on Toner. Shane McGirr had been having a good run in his rear wheel drive Starlet and was leading class 3 but he is calling it a day as the Starlet has blown a head gasket. Ray Brammer has had the turbo pipe fixed on his Subaru, and had a stunningly fast time through S6, third quickest, that brought him up from 12th to 11th.

In the race for Class 2 honours Alan Smyth in his Suzuki was 1s faster than Kyle White which leaves the gap between the pair at just under 2s. Kyle reckons that his Citroen is down on power compared to the Suzuki and the drying roads could work against him. As it so happens it looks like it is going to be a wet stage 7 as the dark clouds roll in once again over Lurgan. Stephen Mawhinney in his Lotus Sunbeam leads Category K in the Historic section (Cl.7) and Drew Wylie lead cl8 for the MSA Historic section. On WRC Rally Poland Tanak still leads from Mikkelsen by 15s. Paddon remains 3rd and Lefebvre is still ahead of Breen, the gap is 12s after stage 15.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ & MICHAEL & ZOE PATTERSON www.rallynews.net *Follow Rally News on Twitter and Facebook @Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews With thanks to Megan McCusker

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