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Sligo Stages Rally 2011
RALLY NEWS No.3 - After Stage 1 - Saturday @ 10:44:24

RALLY NEWS NO.2A End of stage 1/Saturday

1st (1) Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda S2000) 9.39
2nd (3) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 9.41
3rd (7) Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Impreza N) 9.53
4th (6) Garry Jennings/Herbie Blackburn (Lancer N) 9.54
5th (5) Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC) 9.57
6th (9) John & James Cairns (Impreza WRC) 10.00
7th (129) Shane Maguire/Conor Foley (Impreza N) 10.04
8th (4) Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 10.08
9th (8) Sam Moffett/James O'Reilly (Lancer N) 10.10
10th (11) Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Escort) 10.11
`11th (15) Roy White/Stephen McAuley (MG S2000) 10.13

The above times are from the first cars only and there may be some more quick times to come. Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly were fastest over the bleak Carran Hill stage. Robert said at the end of the stage. “Very slippy and greasy in patches”. Daragh O’Riordan’s co driver Tony McDaid echoed Robert’s thoughts and said. “It is slippy and quite gravelly. I think its possible we may be going home early today anyway as Daragh is feeling quite unwell with possibly flu”.

Former National Champion Niall Maguire’s Subaru hove into sight with a front left tyre flapping. Niall reported that he drove for 2 miles on the flat tyre. Remarkably he didn’t lose too much time. Kevin Barrett also lost a few seconds when his Impreza slid into a ditch near the start of the 16.87km stage.

Colm Murphy was the fastest of the conventional Group N cars, 1s up on Garry Jennings. Sam Moffett reported. “Just couldn’t get into it”. John Cairns hasn’t done a rally for quite a while so his 6th fastest time in his older model GpA Subaru was pretty good. Roy White lost some time when a water bottle started to roll around the floor of his MG S200 and got under the pedals. Roy had to almost stop in the stage and take his belts off to extricate the errant container. Sam Smyth finished the stage with 2 of his Escort rims full of mud, testimony to a visit into a ditch.

Frank Kelly said at stage finish. “That was a nightmare, no grip at all”. Damien Gallagher’s Escort is reportedly parked up not far into that first stage. Brian Brogan was a last minute entry but he had to withdrawn because he has been knocked flat with flu. A few more times from SS1 include: Trevor Bustard 10.18: Washington James 10.21: Frank Kelly 10.25: Sam Smyth 10.38: Mickey Conlon 10.23: John McQuaid 10.49

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