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RALLY NEWS No.2 - After stage 1 - Sunday @ 12:35:08
RALLY NEWS NO.2 End of stage 1/Sunday 12.30

1st (6) Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy (Lancer N) 6.34
2nd (1) Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Lancer N) 6.35
(4) Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Escort) 6.35
4th (3) Shane Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza N) 6.43
5th (12) Fergus O'Meara/Liam Brennan (Escort) 6.50
(22) Richard & John Burke (Impreza) 6.50
7th (146) Paraic Cummins/Graham Kelly (Escort G4) 6.53
8th (14) Jim McKenna/Thomas Trainer (Starlet) 6.55
9th (5) Sean Flanagan/Diarmuid French (Impreza N) 6.57
10th (11) Pat Kelly/Jonathan Folan (Impreza A) 6.58

Although the sun was shining on the opening stage outside the village of Ballyduff the roads were still wet and very slippery for the lead drivers. Alan O’Callaghan in his GpA Impreza had a s pin into a hedge at a junction and has done a lot of bodywork damage but managed to reach the end of the stage with a fairly decent time. Fastest was Alan Ring as he bedded down a new engine in his lancer.

Thomas Fitzmaurice was hoping for a really fast start but he spun his Lancer and dropped a couple of seconds. Sean Flanagan reckons that he had 3 spins in his Impreza and certainly it cost Sean at least 20s. Shane Maguire said at the end of that opening stage. “Middle of the road”. Shane is determined to get to the finish in his quest for Top Part West Coast championship honours.

Mike Quinn had a good run but is still treating the brakes on his Mk2 Escort with some caution following some recent worries. Mark Nangle in his Impreza caught up with the car in front, Anthony Hand, and then Hand spun his Escort on almost the final corner of the stage which held Nangle up. Terence O’Shaughnessy had some problems with his front brakes. Car 31 Graham Scallon has stopped on the road section out to the first stage and car 101 also appears to have stopped. James Stafford in his Darrian was supposed to start at No.2 but didn’t.

Rally Wales GB: With 2 stages remaining Sebastien Loeb leads Petter Solberg by 14s. Hirvonen and Latvala are 1m46s and 1m48s in arrears of the leader. Mikkelsen leads the SWRC. We understand that Craig Breen is 2nd in that category.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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