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RALLY NEWS No.3 - Service Abbeyfeale - Sunday @ 11:41:32
RALLY NEWS NO.3 Service/Abbeyfeale/Sunday

1st (1) Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Impreza WRC) 31.31
2nd (8) Eamonn Hanley/Frank Curtin (Impreza WRC) 31.35
3rd (3) Barry Meade/Eamonn Hayes (Escort) 31.52
4th (4) Ed O'Callaghan/Ger Clancy (Escort) 32.17
5th (5) Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Escort) 32.42
6th (6) Shane Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza N) 32.49
7th ((143) Padraig Cummins/Graham Kelly (Escort G3) 33.14
8th (14) Frank Sweeney/Jane Cogan (Escort) 34.09
9th (22) Richard & John Burke (Impreza) 34.14
10th (19) Aidan Walsh/Jim Casey (Escort) 34.16

Having led on the opening two stages Eamonn Hanley dropped 19s to Denis Cronin on stage 3 to let the West Cork Man into the lead. Cronin’s Subaru suffered a puncture on the first stage that cost around 20s but then he was fastest through stages 2 and 3. Denis reported here at service that his Impreza is going really well with no worries at the moment. On the other hand Hanley told us. “I’m going to have to settle down and keep my concentration. I caught the car in front in stage 2 and lost my concentration and spun. In stage 3 I stalled at the stage start and then had a spin. I am going to have to relax a small bit”. Barry Meade was 2nd but slipped to 3rd on stage 2 when the gear change indicator light stopped working on his Escort. He managed to get it sorted for stage 3 and was 2nd fastest through the 18.4km test.

Ed O’Callaghan has been 4th from the start but is very unhappy with the way his Escort’s engine is running. Ed is finding it very fluffy and reckons he lost many seconds exiting the chicane in stage 3. Mike Quinn is settling down well to his hired Escort and as he gradually gets used to it his times are improving. He did say that he feels he is over-driving the car partly because it has strong power steering, whereas his own does not.

Mark Sheahan was in the top 10, 8th overall after stage 1, but he has dropped well down the under following his brake troubles. Shane Maguire also has brake troubles and although he continues to hold 6th, a real vibration under braking is holding him back. Padraig Cummins did well to hold on to 7th overall as his G3 Escort ran out of petrol on the road from stage 3 to service. Brian O’Keefe spun his Subaru twice in stage 3. He reckons the tyres were too soft a compound and lost their grip. Another driver in tyre trouble was David Guest and he managed to swap his front tyres after stage 2. Jonathan Folan was having brake troubles with his Subaru. Jo Gallagher has retired his lancer because of turbo troubles. Richard Burke admits he was getting a bit over-exuberant as he revelled in the extra speed from his Subaru’s new sequential gearbox and the Oranmore man indulged in a trip into a field! Tommy Mason’s Mk1 Escort was slowed due to a damaged steering arm. Peter Barrable, who has Paddy Robinson co-driving today, reported a slight misfire with his Citroen in stage 2 but it seems to clear for stage 3 and at the moment Peter is the leading Citroen from Scott McElhinney. Joe Shrimpton retired on SS1 reportedly after an accident.
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