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RALLY NEWS No.6 - After final stage - Saturday @ 17:18:16

RALLY NEWS NO.6 Finish/Maghera/Saturday

1st (107) Kenny McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Impreza WRC)
2nd (3) Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan (Lancer N)
3rd 4th (110) Jonny Greer/Dai Roberts (Skoda S2000)
4th (1) George Robinson/Tommy Speers (Impreza WRC)
5th (5) Stuart Biggerstaff/Anthony Nestor (Impreza WRC)
6th (11) Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson (Escort)
7th (23) Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort)
8th (9) Mark Donnelly/Martin Brady (Lancer N)
9th (2) Neil McCance/Jonny Hart (Lancer N)
10th (8) Pat Kirk/Peter Ward (Lancer N)

For Kenny McKinstry/Kenny Hull this was a great win today on this Tour of the Sperrins Rally. McKinstry had to pull out all the stops following a slow start and then some gearbox trouble on stage 3. Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan drove brilliantly to lead the rally initially and then finish 2nd overall in their GpN Lancer. Jonny Greer/Dai Roberts survived a high speed spin on the final stage to take 3rd place in their Skoda S2000.

Kenny McKinstry’s win extends his lead in the Hankook NI Championship and he commented here at the finish. “It was a fantastic day. That 15 mile stage is something else even in the wet. I did scare myself 2 miles from the end of the final stage when I lost it over a bridge. It had started to rain and there was shiny tar. Overall the rally was some challenge”. Donagh Kelly said. “We were flying on the last stage and then something broke in the back of the car and we had a couple of real dramas.” Third placed Jonny Greer said his big moment came 4 or 5 miles from the end of the final stage. As the rain started the car got away from him in 5th gear on a shiny left hander and eventually clipped a hedge and knocked off bits of the front spoiler. However it was a good finish for the Carryduff man and provided a challenging warm-up for the Jim Clark Rally. George Robinson was disappointed to be 4th at the end. He felt he was really flying over the last stage but it just didn’t show up in the times.

Camillus Bradley had a superb run on the final stage to get ahead of fellow Mk2 Escort exponent, Adrian Hetherington, to finish 6th o/a one place ahead of Adrian. For his part Adrian reported that he was on maximum through the stage, some times with the car sideways when flat out in 6th gear. He feels he could have done no more. Drew Stewart was heading for a top 10 finish in his Mk2 Escort but he punctured a rear tyre on the final stage and dropped several minutes.
Finally for now, very well done to CoC James McKeefry and all the hard working Magherafelt MC team. At times it was a difficult rally but everyone pulled together to make it work. Our thanks to everyone that helped with and supported our RallyNews service.

BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net (With thanks to Paddy McCollum (Results) and Dougie Hughes (RallyNews Distribution)

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