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RALLY NEWS No.2 - After SS1 - Sunday @ 11:52:49
 
RALLY NEWS NO.2 End of stage 1/Sunday

UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 1 LAVEY
1st (2) Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Impreza WRC) 9.13
2nd (5) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 9.19
3rd (7) Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Escort) 9.22
4th (4) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 9.25
5th (1) Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 9.28
6th (6) Garry Jennings/David Moynihan (Lancer N) 9.32
7th (10) Declan Boy/e/Brian Boyle (Escort) 9.35
8th (12) Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 9.55
9th (41) Eugene Meegan/Sorcha Kelly (Lancer N) 10.00
10th (8) Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahon (Escort) 10.05
(17) Sean Flanagan/Brian Duggan (Impreza N) 10.05

As can be seen above Tim McNulty was fastest through the first stage while there was disaster for National Championship front runner Kevin Barrett when his Subaru’s release bearing broke and Kevin’s Impreza couldn’t make the start. Niall Maguire was first on the road and in a reflection of the warm dry conditions a sweating Niall said at stage finish. "We didn’t go too bad but we need more power. The Impreza S12s definitely have an advantage”. Niall’s Impreza is a S11.

Tim McNulty reported all well through the stage and certainly as he had waited to start the rally Tim had told us. “A lot of the crests and jumps on that first stage I am just going to take flat out. I think we’ll get away with it!” Judging by Tim’s time for the 17.5km test he certainly was taking it flat. Welshman Melvyn Evans said at stage finish that he had arrived into a chicane too quickly and although he got away unscathed he felt he may have lost a little time afterwards as he was being very careful with his braking. One driver who paid the penalty of late braking was Rodney Wilton, as his Escort went through a gate at a square corner. The front mudguard of the Escort was damaged and 30 or 40s were lost but otherwise all looked OK with the Wilton Recycling backed Escort at stage finish.

Derek McGarrity said. “We had a good enough run. The car felt a bit loose at the back corner especially through the tight stuff at the end of the stage"” Garry Jennings was fastest of the GpN contenders through the stage but he reckoned his Lancer suspension was too soft. Danny McBride put his GpN Lancer off the road.

Daniel McKenna turned in a superb time to be the highest placed Escort and 3rd overall. Daniel felt the rear tyres of the car going off the boil towards stage finish but otherwise everything was fine. Declan Boyle’s Escort had gear selection trouble through the stage. The car was missing some gears and then sticking in 6th and as Donegal man Declan said. “It’s a torture”.

On WRC Portugal Rally Ogier still led after the first 2 stages this morning with Loeb closing in! On the Jim Clark Rally Gwyndaf Evans & Chris Patterson won in the JRM Evo X with Alastair Fisher 2nd and Keith Cronin 3rd. It looked to be Craig Breen’s rally at one point but his Fiesta S2000 engine blew.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net
 
 
 
 



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