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RALLY NEWS No.4 - After SS3 - Sunday @ 13:24:03

RALLY NEWS NO.4 Service Kilmallock/Sunday

1st (4) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 25.13
2nd (1) Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 25.24
3rd (3) Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC) 25.28
4th (2) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza) 25.41
5th (5) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 25.46
6th (10) Eamonn Daly/Brian Doherty (Lancer N) 26.40
7th (16) James Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Escort WRC) 27.22
8th (12) Ed Synan/Denis O'Connell (Escort) 27.26
9th (20) Mark Sheahan/Anthony O'Conaill (Citroen C2R2 Max) 27.31
10th (11) Paul Purtill/Kaye Shanahan (Escort) 27.35

Welshman Melvyn Evans produced a scorcher of a time through the difficult third stage to move into the lead. Melvyn fitted dry weather slick Pirelli tyres to his Subaru and it certainly paid off, as he was 10s faster than Derek McGarrity and 14s up on Niall Maguire and Kevin Barrett. Daragh O’Riordan had a fairly subdued time through that stage 3 and dropped a place to McGarrity.

Eamonn Daly was the fastest GpN car through stage 3 and leads the category from Sean O’Donovan and Shane Maguire in their respective Imprezas. Maguire had a good time through the first stage but lost close to 30s on stage 2 when he slid his Impreza into the ditch on a 5 left. Shane told us that someone else had been off before him and cleared most of the bank away! Aidan Bourke retired his GpN Lancer because of mechanical problems. Michael McCallum lost approximately 4m when his Subaru skated off the road on stage 2. Sean Moran/Keith Moriarty are lying 2nd in class 11 but their Corolla TC is having some problems with the clutch slipping.

Stage 3 was interrupted for a while by 2 accidents. Mike Quinn and Declan Boyle, both in Mk2 Escorts, crashed within 150 yards of each other. Happily there were no reports of any injuries. Michael Canny has made the trip all the way from Boston to compete on the rally. Kerrie Barry is co-driving for Michael today and their Saxo was 89th o/a after stage 2 and going well. Michael’s father Pat Canny has bought one of Alastair Fisher’s Fiestas. No times for Pat as yet.

News from in from stage 4, the 2nd visit to Granagh, is that Melvyn Evans was again fastest. Kevin Barrett was just 1s slower. Daragh O’Riordan was 3rd fastest and Niall Maguire and Derek McGarrity tied for 4th fastest that was 7s slower than Evans. Niall Maguire started the stage with his Subaru hand brake slightly on and fortunately he realised fairly quickly and released it before any damage was caused. Derek McGarrity’s Subaru had a half spin which cost a few seconds. Finally for now many thanks to James Glavin in Bob’s Catering van for some excellent hospitality.

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

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