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RALLY NEWS No.3 - After SS3 - Sunday @ 12:47:51

RALLY NEWS NO.3 Service/Cavan/Sunday

1st (5) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 16.14
2nd (2) Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Impreza WRC) 16.29
3rd (1) Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 16.30
(4) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 16.30
5th (7) Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Escort) 16.37
6th (6) Garry Jennings/David Moynihan (Lancer N) 16.40
7th (10) Declan Boy/e/Brian Boyle (Escort) 17.01
8th (12) Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 17.13
9th (8) Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahon (Escort) 17.21
10th (23) Samuel Kelso/Gareth Doherty (Escort) 17.28

Derek McGarrity and his co driver James McKee powered their Subaru through the 13.2km Loughduff stage in just 6m55s to take the lead of this Cavan Rally. Tim McNulty had led after the first stage but a spin and a stall at a junction cost the Meath man many seconds and he finished the stage 21s slower than McGarrity. Niall Maguire was 2nd fastest through the test and Melvyn Evans 3rd. Derek McGarrity remarked at service. “I think there is more time to come in that stage we could be quicker. The problem with this Impreza S12C is that it is just so quick. On the first stage we didn’t realise just how much was in the car”

Tim McNulty told us. “It was a square right junction where we spun, it was my own fault and I got the car wedged between the banks”. Melvyn Evans said. “I’m just not at it. I am braking too early”. Garry Jennings had a good run in his GpN Lancer, just 3s slower than Melvyn Evans in his World Rally Car. Garry reckoned after the opening stage that his car’s suspension was too soft. He clicked it up and felt then in the stage that it was just a little hard.

Daniel McKenna had another very good run to be fastest of the Mk2 Escorts. We did make a mistake on Daniel’s first stage time which was 9.32 and not 9.22 – but it was still a great time. Rodney Wilton had a good run through stage 2 despite his first stage accident, and Rodney was anxious to get the car into service and get the front suspension and steering checked. Declan Boyle said his gearbox was “still acting the maggot” and he also lost a few seconds when he clipped the rear of his Escort but his time was still very respectable. Adrian Hetherington got the finger out through stage 2 and was just 2s down on Wilton. Adrian said. “Going well and using up all my second hand tyres”. Trevor Mulligan was down a bit of time on the Escorts in front and said his Escort’s tyres were “going off”. Sam Moffett is settling down with his new co driver Jason McKenna who just stepped into the breach this morning when Domhnall Lennon had to pull out.

Sean Flanagan is 2nd in GpN and said at service in control. “Just hanging in there”. Eugene Meegan had a big moment over a crest in his Lancer in stage 3 and reckons the back suspension is just a little soft. Trevor Bustard feels that his Lancer’s suspension is a bit soft as well. Raymond Conlon lost some time when a plug lead came loose on his Corolla. Mervyn Wedlock felt he was being a little bit cautious and lost a couple of seconds in stage 1 when he caught the similar Escort of Gordon Rogers.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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