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RALLY NEWS No.10 - RALLYNEWS No.10 - Saturday @ 13:46:23
RALLY NEWS NO.10 Antrim/Saturday

1st (W2) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC)
2nd (W1) Gareth MacHale/Brian Murphy (Focus WRC)
3rd (W4) Aaron MacHale/Eugene O'Donnell (Focus WRC)
4th (W5) Arjen de Koning/Hein Verschuuren (Lancer WRC)

1st (4) Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts (Fiesta S2000)
2nd (2) Keith Cronin/Barry McNulty (Impreza N)
3rd (3) Alastair Fisher/Rory Kennedy (Lancer N)
4th (9) Adam Gould/Craig Drew (Impreza N)
5th (7) Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (Citroen DS3 R3)
6th (5) Jonny Greer/Dai Roberts (Lancer N)
7th (28) Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Lancer N)
8th (8) Jason Pritchard/Robbie Durant (Impreza N)
9th (24) Marty McCormack/David Moynihan (Citroen C2R2 Max)
10th (18) Mark Donnelly/Stephen O'Hanlon (Lancer N)

Gwyndaf Evans officially retired his \Lancer at service after stage 10 so it’s a slightly different leaderboard on RallyNI and a different emphasis as well as Keith Cronin concentrates on his Dulux Trade British Championship hopes rather than fight for the lead.

In the WRC part of the rally there is still a huge battle on between Gareth MacHale and Derek McGarrity. Glengormley man McGarrity was 6seconds up on MacHale through stage 11 Cairncastle. Aaron MacHale was quit a few seconds down on his brother. Aaron is keeping a careful eye out for Alistair Fishers time. Although Alistair is doing the NI Rally the times for the 2 events will count towards Tarmac Championship and could have a big bearing on Alistairs’ led in that series.

When Gareth MacHale came to the end of the Cairncastle test he said: “I’m pushing as hard as I can. Gareth kept his focus sitting until McGarrity’s Subaru hove into view and when Gareth heard Derek’s time: he said: “It’s definitely a race now.” As for McGarrity he said: “I can go no harder”. His co-driver James McKee observed ”Their might be another 2 seconds in it.” Aaron MacHale reported that his Focus WRC has a flashing oil light and he is having to back of in some places.

Craig Breen increased his lead in the NI Rally by 6 seconds over Cronin and he said: “I’m pushing very hard, but not leaving anything to chance.” Alistair Fisher felt that he would not perhaps have enough stage miles left to get ahead of Aaron MacHales total time, but Alistair certainly looked as he was going to try. Adam Gould is on a good pace, up to fourth overall and said that he felt that he drove better through that stage but he is still backing of a little over the bigger jumps to safe the car. Bouffier had another good stage in the new Citroen DS3R3 and looks fairly safe in his 5th position, Jonny Greer rounds of the top 6 and reports no problems. Marty McCormack is the highest placed C2R2 Max and said that everything was fixed regarding the power steering and so on.

In the Historic part of the rally after stage 9 Tardree. Ray Cunningham in his Mini Cooper led from Jonathan Gale (Tiger). Dessie Nutt is third in his Porsche and is just 15 seconds behind the Sunbeam. Keith McIvor continues to lead category 2 in the Historics, his Porsche 17 seconds ahead of David Stokes (Escort). Jeremy Easson is third, over a minute back. Connor Corkhill continues to lead category 3 in the Historic from the similar Escort of Will Onions, Rob Smith is 3rd in his Chevette. John McGlaughlin leads the National Rally in his Lancer from Declan McNaughton (escort) George Robinson is third, Fintan McGrady 4th and Oran Donnelly is 5th.

More news later: BRIAN PATTERSON & MICHAEL PATTERSON & THE GIRLS www.rallynews.net
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