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RALLY NEWS No.3 - Maghera service - Saturday @ 11:40:24
RALLY NEWS NO.3 Service/Saturday
1st (3) Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan (Lancer N) 25.14.5
2nd (10) Seamus Heron/Gerry McVeigh (Corolla WRC) 25.19.7
3rd (110) Jonny Greer/Dai Roberts (Skoda S2000) 25.24.2
4th (107) Kenny McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Impreza WRC) 25.26.1
5th (5) Stuart Biggerstaff/Anthony Nestor (Impreza WRC) 25.42.6
6tth (1) George Robinson/Tommy Speers (Impreza WRC) 25.46.6
7th (23) Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 25.47.3
8th (9) Mark Donnelly/Martin Brady (Lancer N) 25.52.6
9th (11) Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson (Escort) 25.56.9
10th (8) Pat Kirk/Peter Ward (Lancer N) 26.12.1

Fastest through stages 2 and 3 of this Tour of the Sperrins Rally has been Seamus Heron/Gerry McVeigh in their Corolla WRC. Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan still lead the rally overall and Heron has improved from 4th after SS1 to 2nd here at Maghera service. Kenny McKinstry is still running first on the road in his Subaru but lost a few seconds in stage 3 when the car jammed in 3rd gear through the short stage. On the road section in here to service the car righted itself which will make it all the harder for McKinstry to find the problem.

Rally leader Donagh Kelly said he was “watching it” through this morning’s stages because of the patchy, damp slippy conditions and also he made some of his pace notes too brave. Neil McCance is off the leaderboard on a total of 27.50.9 following his time loss on stage 1 with a front wheel puncture on his Lancer. Neil reckons that running 10 miles or so on a flat tyre has possibly caused the front differential a bit of difficulty. George Robin son has had a good steady run over the last few stages to hold 6th place. Jonny Greer made a safe tyre option and again reports no dramas through the opening stages. Current NI Champion Stuart Biggerstaff took a while to get bedded in on the first stage but then went very well through stages 2 and 3 to move from 7th to 5th.

Current NI GpN Champion Mark Donnelly feels he made a wrong tyre choice on this morning’s stages and also a massive fright on the opening stage cost him time. Sean Haveron in the Escort Cosworth had brake troubles in stage 3. Seamus Heron, up to 2nd now, said he was all flustered through the opening stages as when he put his foot on the brake it was also hitting the throttle, and he was up and down a few banks as a consequence.
Adrian Hetherington is provisionally the fastest Mk2 Escort driver so far, 9s up on Camillus Bradley. Callum Duffy from the Isle of Mull feels his Escort engine was flooding up through SS3 and misfiring. Callum seemed pretty worried about the situation with the engine. More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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