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RALLY NEWS No.8 - Service/Antrim - Saturday @ 14:25:44
RALLY NEWS NO.8 Antrim Service/Saturday
1st (2) Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Impreza WRC)
2nd (1) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC)
3rd (4) Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC)
4th Darragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid 5th Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally
1st (R4) Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Lancer N)
2nd (R6) Marty McCormack/David Moynihan (Citroen DS3R3)
3rd (R8) Tommy Doyle/Liam Moynihan (Clio)
4th (R1) David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Lancer N0
5th (R2) Jonny Greer/Dai Roberts (Skoda S2000)
6th (R3) Elfyn Evans/Andrew Edwards (Impreza N)
7th (R9) Sam Moffett/James O'Reilly (lancer N)
8th (R7) Mark Donnelly/Barry McNulty (Clio)
9th (R24) Jussi Kumpumaki/Mikael Korhonen (Fiesta)
10th (R19) Kieran Daly/Darragh Mullen (Citroen C2R”)

When the top cars came through the Langford Lodge stage Derek McGarrity discovered that he no longer led the rally, that Tim McNulty had been 8s faster over the 7.5m stage on the edge of Lough Neagh. It was on then to the Tardree stage and McGarrity and McNulty tied on that one. That means here at service with 2 stages to go McNulty has 0.3 of a second of a lead. McGarrity said. “I’m not giving up, not a mission.” Derek went on to say that they may have lost a fraction of a second when they caught Garry Jennings on the repeated loop on the Tardree stage. As for McNulty he was saying little, but had a definite glint in his eye as his Subaru S12 was re-prepared for the final 2 stages of this Ulster Rally. Darren Gass can do nothing about the 2 cars in front.. Darren remarked about his Subaru suspension. “Its too auld. There’s nothing more I can do”. Darragh O’Riordan’s co driver Tony McDaid reckons their performance is getting better by the stage, but their lack of Ulster Rally experience was showing. He also said that they do not have a Prodrive engineer here this weekend for the Subaru and the car is turned back a couple of notches.

In Rally NI Garry Jennings was faster than Marty McCormack through stages 11 and 12 to extend his lead to 24s. Marty admitted to being a bit over enthusiastic in the Tardree stage. Tommy Doyle in his Clio is hanging on to 3rd and reckons they can’t go any harder. An earlier concern of Tommy’s about his Clio engine was resolved when his engineer Philip Case replaced the throttle position sensor. David Bogie in 4th place felt his Lancer under-steering slightly through Tardree but otherwise OK although keeping a wary eye out now for the hard charging Jonny Greer. Carryduff man Greer has his eye, not just on 4th place on the rally, but on extra British Rally C/ship points. Sam Moffett is hoping to get his Lancer to the finish now and hold his position in an effort to score Tarmac GpN points. Alan Carmichael was up to 13th place but has crashed his Evo X out of the event at the split junction in Tardree. In the Citroen Racing Trophy Scott McElhinney has closed to within 6s of Kieran Daly in the fight for the lead. The pair are 11th and 12th in Rally NI.

In the Historic section of the rally Dessie Nutt continues to lead category 1 in his Porsche. David Stokes leads category 2 in his Escort and Tomas Davies category 3, also in an Escort.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON & MICHAEL www.rallynews.net
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