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RALLY NEWS No.4 - Service Abbeyfeale - Sunday @ 13:29:11
RALLY NEWS NO.4 Service/Sunday
1st (1) Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Impreza WRC) 42.25
2nd (8) Eamonn Hanley/Frank Curtin (Impreza WRC) 42.30
3rd (3) Barry Meade/Eamonn Hayes (Escort) 42.57
4th (4) Ed O'Callaghan/Ger Clancy (Escort) 43.33
5th (5) Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Escort) 43.52
6th (6) Shane Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza N) 44.30
7th (143) Padraig Cummins/Graham Kelly (Escort G3) 44.44
8th (32) David & Owen Percy (Escort) 45.57

The above times are from the first few cars only. There could be later runners coming on to this leaderboard. There were a few blockages on the opening loop of stages which meant some people got nominal times and this has meant a few anomalies.

Denis Cronin fitted a set of hard compound Pirelli tyres for this 2nd loop of stages. He did manage fastest time of the opening stage of the loop, the 19.9km Knockanade stage. With the weather now perking up a bit and the ambient temperature rising his choice of hard compound rubber may pay off through stages 4 and 5. Certainly Eamonn Hanley gave Denis a run for his money through that 4th stage, Eamonn just 1s slower.

Barry Meade was fastest of the Escorts through stage 4, 5s up on Mike Quinn and 11s up on Ed O’Callaghan. Mike Quinn seems to be rapidly settling in to his hired Escort and is getting on the pace. Padraig Cummins in his G3 Escort was 14s slower than O’Callaghan. Padraig has filled his machine up to the brim with fuel and is hoping that this time the car doesn’t run out of petrol between stage 6 and service.

Mark Sheahan was the Citroen C2R2 man to beat on the first stage today but then was knocked back by brake problems and getting stopped behind someone else’s accident in stage 3. It has all come to naught now as his Mr. Binman Citroen has stopped in stage 4 with a lack of fuel pressure. We were expecting Peter Cummins to set some good times today in his Darrian but he clipped the rear wheel of the car against a bale in stage 2 and decided to retire as a precaution because the wheel seemed to have moved slightly on the suspension. The reason for Vincent O’Shea’s retirement was a damaged engine in his Escort Cosworth.

Peter Barrable continues to lead the Citroens and is 2nd in class 6 behind Mike Horgan in his Nova. Thomas Doody was leading class 11 after stage 3 in his Civic. Clare man Patrick McDonagh is on his first proper rally and driving his father’s 1967 Mk2 Cortina. Remarkably Patrick is leading his class and is 39th o/a.

On our first RallyNews today we mentioned that Kenny McKinstry had won the Mourne Rally from George Robinson. However, we said that McKinstry had problems with the car when in fact it was George Robinson who had the clutch and starter dramas on the final stage in his Impreza. More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net (Our thanks to Daphne Millar & Mossie O’Connell and also Angus & Jane Sealy and Mike Mulcahy & Noel Nicholson)

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