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RALLY NEWS No.2 - End of SS1 - Sunday @ 11:01:19
RALLY NEWS NO.2 End of SS1 near Anascaul/Sunday

1st (1) Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC) 8.48
2nd (2) Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Impreza WRC) 9.00
3rd (4) Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fion Foley (Lancer N) 9.03
4th (114) Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 9.05
5th (6) Ed O'Callaghan/Ger Clancy (Escort) 9.08
6th (3) Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy (Lancer N) 9.09
7th (5) Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Escort) 9.10
8th (8) Eamonn Daly/Brian Doherty (Lancer N) 9.22
9th (7) Shane Maguire/Charlie McEnery (Impreza N) 9.25
10th (18) Tommy Mason/Podge Doody (Escort) 9.35

Always quick out of the blocks Kevin Barrett produced a scorching time on the opening stage of this Circuit of Kerry Rally. The roads past the Minard Castle were a mix of dry patches and then wet and slippy places. Kevin seemed to pick the right tyre for the job and he said at stage finish. “We had a good run, the roads are drying but still slippy”. Niall Maguire in 2nd place picked a dry weather tyre as did his son Shane and this seemed to cost them a little bit of time. Darren Gass lost 17s on leader Barrett following a spin at the Castle.

Thomas Fitzmaurice was fastest in Group N. Alan Ring seemed to have a conservative run and there was some smoke coming from under the bonnet of his Lancer at stage finish. Ed O’Callaghan had a bit of an upset before the stage start when a Ford Transit cut out in front of him and there was a little bit of body damage to his Escort, otherwise Ed had a good run. His big Mk.2 Escort rival Mike Quinn was another to spin at the Castle and Mike also said he was being a little cautious.

Vincent O’Shea finished the stage with some smoke coming from under the bonnet of his Escort Cosworth, but he still had a decent time, 11th fastest. David Percy in the F2 Escort felt he was being a bit cautious in the slippy cautious and he was 5s down on Vincent. Frank Kelly had some throttle sticking problems with his new Escort and had to back off towards stage finish. His time was 10.04 and he said. “These are different stages from yesterday, very slippy”. Pat Kelly’s Subaru finished the stage with a lot of smoke coming from underneath the car. Paddy O’Rourke spun his Escort at the big hairpin in the stage and he said the final junction was “just lethal”.

In the Junior section on that first stage Anthony Hand/Laura Fuery were fastest in their Escort, 10s up on Sean Liston/Katrina Walsh in their Nova.
That first stage was interrupted after approximately 20 cars came through – no news as yet as to why. Mike O’Leary/Sean Moriarty in the OO BMW stopped in the stage but they certainly did not hold up proceedings. Early news from stage 2 is that Darren Gass was fastest 6s up on Niall Maguire with Kevin Barrett 1s down on Niall. Ed O’Callaghan in his Mk2 Escort seemed to have a great run through that 2nd stage.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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