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RALLY NEWS No.10 - Clonakilty - Sunday @ 17:44:41
RALLY NEWS NO.10 Clonakilty/Sunday Finish
1st (4) Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda S2000)
2nd (2) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC)
3rd (145) Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Impreza N)
4th (152) Danny Barry/Brian Duggan (Lancer N)
5th (8) Damien McCarthy/Eamonn Hayes (Civic)
6th (6) Peter Lloyd/Martin Brady (Impreza WRC)
7th (11) Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy (Escort)
8th (12) Tomas Davies/Eurig Davies (Escort)
9th (15) Fergus O'Meara/Liam Brennan (Escort)
10th (7) Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Escort)

In the closest of close finishes Robert Barrable and his co driver Damien Connelly have scored a memorable victory here this weekend. Their Skoda S2000 finished just over a second in front of Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid in their Subaru WRC. It is a special day indeed for the Barrable family as Robert’s father Michael won this rally in 2007 driving his Ford Focus WRC. The result could have gone either way. Barrable seemed to be slowed through the penultimate stage when he caught up with Colm Murphy. This allowed O’Riordan to close to within 0.9 of a second that meant that it was all down to the spectator stage through the streets of Clonakilty. Barrable gave it everything to set fastest time and win the rally. His actual stage time was just over a second up on O’Riordan. It is remarkable that after 2 days of high speed action through the floods and muddy roads of West Cork that the result would hinge on one solitary click of a stopwatch. Robert Barrable commented at the finish. “I’m really surprised to have won and very happy”.

Colm Murphy led for most of the rally but Colm and his co driver Don Montgomery had to be content with 3rd at the finish. However, it was still a great drive in the GpN Impreza. Young Damien McCarthy and his co driver Eamonn Hayes put in a brilliant performance to finish 5th o/a in their little Civic. They had some clutch troubles towards the end but had enough in hand that they were able to nurse the car here to the finish. Fergus O’Meara/Liam Brennan have won Class 14 in their Escort having got ahead of Trevor Mulligan after his puncture. Latest news on the Citroen Racing Trophy contenders is that Scott McElhinney/Karl Reid are through the final stage. However Joe McGonigle has crashed his example and the stage has been stopped so we must wait for official results to establish the Citroen winner. Kieran Daly did have a slender lead before this incident. McGonigle has been taken to hospital for a precautionary check up. His co driver Niall Burns is unhurt.

With 3 stages left to go Mark Falvey led the Historic section with Denis Moynihan 2nd and David Cremin 3rd, all in Escorts.

Finally for now, very well done to Darren & Greg McCarthy and the hard working and enthusiastic team from Cork MC for putting together this West Cork Rally. The event had a real holiday special occasion feel to it. Our thanks to all the people who supported and helped with the Rally News service. BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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