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RALLY NEWS No.2 - Clonakilty - Saturday @ 11:56:14
RALLY NEWS NO.2 Clonakilty/Service/Saturday

1st (2) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 15.09.4
2nd (3) Kevin Kelleher/Gerard Seaman (Lancer N) 15.16.8
3rd (145) Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Impreza N) 15.19.1
4th (4) Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda S2000) 15.24.9
5th (152) Danny Barry/Brian Duggan (Lancer N) 15.33.7
6th (1) John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones (Darrian) 15.34.4
7th (8) Damien McCarthy/Eamonn Hayes (Civic) 15.36.9
8th (7) Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Escort) 15.56.8
9th (20) John Hendy/Alan White (Corolla) 16.00.2
10th (31) Jason Ryan/Tadgh O’Sullivan (Civic) 16.02.8

Colm Murphy was fastest through the opening stage of this West Cork Rally by just .2 of a second from Daragh O’Riordan. On the 2nd stage Murphy lost a few seconds when his GpN Impreza power steering pipe burst. Daragh O’Riordan was fastest on that 2nd stage. When Daragh arrived in here to service his co driver Tony McDaid told us. “We lost a few seconds when we caught up with John Dalton’s Darrian and there was a lot of dust in the air so we had to sit behind him.” Daragh said earlier about his new Impreza. “It is a fabulous car. I can see where Derek McGarrity got the times. A big difference to the last one. There’s a lot more to come”.

Colm Murphy reported. “The power steering pipe burst in the stage and in my panic I was switching off the petrol pump instead of the anti lag. I was afraid of it going on fire and indeed there were some flames at the stage finish. With the power steering broke you would have needed the arms of Samson to turn the wheel. Hopefully we will be able to keep going. The boys are trying to manufacture something at the moment. I used the spare pipe on the Lakes last year and of course I’m getting an earwigging for not replacing it. It’s the recession!”

No.1 seed John Dalton admitted that he was slightly off the pace over the opening stages and the Darrian driver told us. “It is very fast and narrow in places and the car was moving about on the gravel. We were just passengers in 6th gear.” Kevin Kelleher has done well to hold on to 2nd place, his Lancer having suffered a slight misfire. Robert Barrable had some problem with the throttle sensor on his Skoda before the start of the first stage. Robert was able to get the problem sorted but it unsettled him for the stage. Danny Barry has been setting good times, the Wicklow man loving the fast stages on his first visit here to the West Cork Rally. Brian O’Keefe/Donnacha O’Callaghan dropped almost 2m on the first stage when their Impreza suffered a puncture.

Mark Sheahan was the fastest of the Citroen Racing Trophy contenders on the first stage, 4s up on fellow Citroen driver Kevin O’Connor. Mark reckons that his C2R2 Max may have a loose engine mount as he can hear a bit of clunking on occasions. Samantha Thom has retired her Citroen after a wheel came off. Peter Lloyd is down in 11th place, the Welsh driver backed off a little on stage 1 when he detected some smoke inside his Impreza WRC. It turned out to be nothing too serious, perhaps just a little bit of oil on the exhaust. Damien McCarthy/Eamonn Hayes set two fantastic times this morning in their Civic to lead Cl.11.
More news to follow: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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