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RALLY NEWS No.4 - After SS4 - Sunday @ 14:32:55

RALLY NEWS NO.4 End of stage 4/Sunday

1st (5) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 25.25
2nd (2) Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Impreza WRC) 25.27
3rd (4) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 25.42
4th (1) Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 25.48
5th (7) Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Escort) 26.01
6th (6) Garry Jennings/David Moynihan (Lancer N) 26.08
7th (10) Declan Boy/e/Brian Boyle (Escort) 26.33
8TH (12) Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 26.51
9TH (8) Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahon (Escort) 27.06
10TH (23) Samuel Kelso/Gareth Doherty (Escort) 27.17

Fastest through stage 4 was Tim McNulty who set a superb time of 8.58. Derek McGarrity was 2nd fastest but 13s in arrears. Melvyn Evans was 3rd fastest just 1s slower than McGarrity. Niall Maguire in his Subaru Is still first on the road. Niall waited at the end of stage 4 for McNulty’s Subaru to come into the control. When Niall heard Tim’s time, 20s faster than his own, he rolled his eyes skywards and muttered. “What road did he go?” For his part Tim commented. “There’s not much left”. Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly is giving Tim a helping hand today and Eugene was there at the control giving Tim some tips!

Derek McGarrity held on to his overall lead despite being 13s slower than Tim through the stage and Derek said. “We had a couple of wee moments nothing serious. That was some time of Tim’s”. Melvyn Evans was a bit happier at stage finish, the suspension and centre differential on his Subaru having been stiffened up slightly.

Garry Jennings/David Moynihan continue to lead group N but Garry’s Lancer seemed to go off song 3km from the end of stage 4 so hopefully it will be OK. Eugene Meegan has moved into 2nd GpN and has stiffened up the suspension of his Lancer. Sean Flanagan/Brian Duggan are 3rd in GpN just ahead of Sam Moffett. Trevor Bustard’s Lancer seemed to be suffering from a rear differential problem when the car reached the finish of stage 4. The Donegal brothers, Trevor & Kenny, headed off for the next stage more in hope than expectation.

Daniel McKenna was the fastest Mk2 Escort and Daniel is having to conserve his tyres as it would be very easy to overheat them. Declan Boyle was 2nd fastest Escort through the stage, Declan’s gearbox trouble slightly resolved. His co driver Brian said. “Its still not perfect but as good as its going to get”. Mervyn Deane’s Escort suffered an errant fan belt in the stage. Mervyn Wedlock was just a couple of seconds down on Samuel Kelso in the battle for the class lead of class 13 and Michael Conlon is also right in the hunt for the class 13 honours. Lloyd Hutchinson led class 9 in his Mini after service and could be in line to win the HASS Border C/ship special award for the quickest cl.9 time through stage 4.

On the Cork Sprint Tommy Graham in the rallycross Fiesta was leading from Brian O’Mahony (6R4) with Daragh O’Riordan 3rd in his Clio.

More news later. BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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