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RALLY NEWS No.2 - After SS1 - Sunday @ 10:39:29
RALLY NEWS NO.2 End of stage 2/Sunday
1st (2) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 7.20
2nd (1) Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Impreza WRC) 7.31
3rd (3) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 7.42
4th (8) Declan & Brian Boyle (Escort) 7.53
5th (9) Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Escort) 7.55
6th (23) Eugene Meegan/Sorcha Kelly (Lancer N) 7.58
7th (6) Alan Ring/James O'Brien (Lancer N) 7.59
8th (29) Mark Sheahan/Anthony O'Connaill (C2R2 Max) 8.00
9th (28) Paddy O’Dwyer/Frankie O’Dwyer (Nova) 8.04
10th (26) Lloyd Hutchinson/Kevin Flanagan (Mini Cooper) 8.05

Welshman Melvyn Evans set a cracking pace through the opening stage of this Stonethrowers Rally and when he brought his Subaru into the finish of that Deerpark test he told us. “We had a good run and there’s more to come in that stage”. Certainly the conditions this morning were ideal through the beautiful countryside outside Clonmel towards the Comeragh Mountains. First on the road Niall Maguire said at stage finish. “The car is 100 per cent, we didn’t go too bad”. When Derek McGarrity brought his Impreza WRC in to the finish he asked for Melvyn Evans’ time and when he discovered it was 22s faster than his own time his jaw dropped open. He said. “Where did that time come from?”

Declan Boyle was fastest of the Mk2 Escort although the Donegal man was not happy about the steering wheel being cooked in his Mk2. Wesley Patterson said that his Escort was jumping about all over the place but he was still only 2s down on Boyle. Mike Quinn did a time of 8.13 so he was well off the quickest pace and although he seemed a bit quiet at stage finish he said there was nothing particularly wrong.

In Group N Eugene Meegan told us that he has got the electronic controls for his Evo 10 differentials sorted and fastest group N was the result. Alan Ring was 2nd in GpN and said he was trying to get back into the swing of it after his rally lay off. He also found the stage a bit slippy in the middle.

Further stories included – David Armstrong’s Escort had a soft brake pedal. Paul Mulcahy’s Starlet had gearbox trouble. We think he may have retired. Mark Nangle had a time of 8.20. Shane Maguire was disappointed with his run and his time was 8.20. Brian O’Keefe went pretty well and recorded a time of 8.07 in his GpN Impreza.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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