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RALLY NEWS No.5 - After stage 5 - Sunday @ 14:45:46

RALLY NEWS NO.5 Service/Ennis/Sunday

1st (4) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 37.17
2nd (3) Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Impreza WRC) 37.21
3rd (2) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 37.52
4th (1) Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 38.13
5th (5) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 38.18
6th (136) Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Escort) 39.04
7th (140) Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC) 39.16
8th (8) Anthony O'Halloran/Charlie McEnery (Lancer N) 39.26
9th (10) Shane Maguire/Paul Kelly (Impreza N) 39.57
10th (7) Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Escort) 40.10

Derek McGarrity/James McKee now lead this Clare Stages Rally after stage 5 by 4s from Tim McNulty. The two tied for fastest time through stage 5 and following an adjustment to an earlier total McGarrity is now showing as the leader. Melvyn Evans was a full 8s slower through stage 5 than Niall Maguire so although Melvyn is still on course to take the National title he cannot really afford to slow too much. Niall Maguire left last service on a dry weather set of tyres and of course it rained hard when he got to stage 4. Then the roads dried through stage 5 that played into his hands. Stage 6 had to be cancelled to allow medical services to attend an ill resident.

When the cars reached service Melvyn Evans commented. “We are still OK, on course, but it is tricky in places out there.” Tim McNulty said. “We’re going grand, pity to lose stage 6”. Kevin Barrett said. “We’ll get our tyre choice right some time today”. Daragh O’Riordan commented. “I’m slow to get back into it”. Anthony O’Halloran was fastest GpN through stage 5, 9s up on Sean Flanagan and Trevor Bustard with Pat Kirk a further 1s back and Shane Maguire another 4 in arrears. Shane said. “Going OK but the time is not there for me in that stage”. Trevor Bustard had a bit of a moment when an energy drinks bottle rolled under his Lance4r’s brake pedal.

In the race for 2 wheel drive honours Wesley Patterson has been setting a scorching pace and was 10s up on Mike Quinn through S5. Lloyd Hutchinson is now 11th overall and continues to lead class 9 in his Mini. Lloyd told us that he has made modifications to the car’s differential and clutch set up. Peter Hoiwley spun his Starlet at the end of stage 5 and lost a few seconds. David Percy was 15th o/a in the F2 Escort but spun and blocked stage 5. David eventually got his Escort Maxi back on the road but lost a lot of time.

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

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