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RALLY NEWS No.13 - Carndonagh - Sunday @ 13:56:14
RALLY NEWS NO.13 Carndonagh Sunday

1st (1) Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Impreza WRC)
2nd (6) Alastair Fisher/Rory Kennedy (Fiesta S2000)
3rd (3) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC)
4th (149) Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC)
5th (4) Garry Jennings/David Moynihan (Lancer N)
6th (10) Phillip Morrow/Jonny Hart (Lancer N)
7th (24) Seamus Heron/Gerry McVeigh (Corolla WRC)
8th Alan Ring 9th Scott McElhinney No time for Biggerstaff yet
1st (14) Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Escort)
2nd (20) John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones (Darrian)
3rd (28) Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan (Escort)
4th Rodney Wilson 5th Adrian Hetherington 6th Martin McGee 7th Eugene Ferry 8th Conor Harvey 9th Frank Kelly 10th David Graham

When Tim McNulty brought his Subaru into service here at Carndonagh with a lead of 1m15s over Alastair Fisher he told us. “I’m not pushing at all now, I just want to bring it home. The stages were very slippy but there was no real standing water, just the odd puddle. We picked a cut slick which was not so good for the first 2 stages but OK on Malin Head.” Alastair Fisher in the Modern Tyres Fiesta S2000 said. “We’re just sticking at a pace now, we’ve come this far and want to get it home”. Daragh O’Riordan was fastest through all 3 stages this morning but is still well over a minute behind Fisher. Daragh said that he has the car sorted and he is very happy with it now. Fourth placed Kevin Barrett wasn’t so happy though. His Subaru sounded a bit like a steam engine when it arrived into Carndonagh. He dropped over 20s on the Malin stage and feels that perhaps the timing belt has slipped on the car.

Garry Jennings is 5th in the International Rally and he said. “Going alright but I really want more rain!” Following his gearbox problem and delay this morning Phillip Morrow set a very good time in stage 18 but was 2s down on Jennings in 19. Phillip feels that there is still something not right in the gearbox. Seamus Heron in 7th reported a bit of a scare on the opening stage today over the big jumps. He reckons the Corolla suspension is set too soft or too low. Alan Ring in 8th is in gearbox trouble with his Lancer. Third cog has gone and he is going to try and change the box here at service.

Scott McElhinney continues to lead the Citroen Racing Trophy from Kieran Daly. McElhinney fitted new brake pads for today and they took a while to bed in, otherwise OK. Daly is driving with caution, trying to preserve his position.

Daniel McKenna is still the class of the field in the National Rally and was 20s faster than John Dalton over Malin Head. Daniel reported all well with his Escort. Dalton picked very soft compound tyres for that loop – safe but not the fastest. Brian Brogan is still 3rd in the Nationals. His Escort has a small misfire and he also had an overshoot. Adrian Hetherington seems to be in a bit of bother with a broken bolt in an engine mounting of his Escort. Martin McGee is well in the hunt in the Nationals. He said he feels a bit rusty and also wants to thank Limerick man Gary Reidy who very kindly loaned him his engine free of charge. Conor Harvey is battling with Frank Kelly for class 13 honours but although he managed to get the Escort into service it looks like the head gasket has gone.

In Greece on WRC Rally Acropolis Ogier & Loeb tied on time in the Power stage. Ogier has won the rally with Loeb 2nd, Hirvonen 3rd and Petter Solberg/Chris Patterson 4th.
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