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West Cork Rally
RALLY NEWS No.4 - Service - Saturday @ 15:50:36
 
RALLY NEWS NO.4 Service/Clonakilty/Saturday 3.50

UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 6 Clonakilty
1st (1) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 38.40.5
2nd (2) Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Impreza N) 39.51.3
3rd (5) John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones (Darrian) 40.29.9
4th (7) Damien McCarthy/Eamonn Hayes (Civic) 41.12.3
5th (9) John Cope/Alastair Wylie (Impreza) 41.43.8
6th (4) Alan Ring//James O'Brien (Lancer N) 41.47.8
7th (14) Fergus O'Meara/Diarmuid Lynch (Escort) 41.50.6
8th (15) John Hendy/Alan Whyte (Corolla) 41.53.8
9th (12) Kevin O'Donoghue/Johnny Hickey (Escort) 42.07.9
10th (8) Peter Lloyd/Martin Brady (Impreza WRC) 42.08.8
11th (10) Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy (Escort) 42.11.3

Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid continues to dominate this West Cork Rally. Interestingly though John Dalton is now revelling in the warm dry conditions and he was fastest by just a split second through the Clonakilty spectator stage. However, that will have no real bearing on the final results. O’Riordan was rushing into service to get his Subaru checked over as there are definite signs of a coolant leak and wisps of white steam appearing from under the Impreza’s bonnet. Colm Murphy was also in somewhat of a hurry to make service as his GpN Impreza still needs the engine mounting changed. John Dalton reported no problems with his Darrian, John caught Damien McCarthy’s Civic in stage 5, Ardfield, but lost no time. For his part McCarthy told us that he was going as hard as the Civic could possibly go through the ultra fast 19.7km of the Ardfield roads.

John Cope continues very steadily to hold 5th place in his Subaru while Alan Ring, who lies 5th o/a, reckons he needs to put harder rubber on to his Lancer to counteract the amazing rise in temperature here in West Cork this afternoon. Fergus O’Meara in 7th is going to try and get his Escort converted to dry weather suspension settings. John Hendy in 8th place lost time when his Corolla collided with a chicane in the spectator stage. Leonard Downey in 9th had intercom problems after the big jump in Ardfield and consequently could not hear the notes coming from co driver Mark Murphy. Peter Lloyd rounds off the top 10, the Welshman kicking himself for stalling his Subaru on the start line of the spectator stage.

Further stories include – Sean O’Donovan’s Impreza sustained a punctur3e on the Ardfield but happily did not lose too much time. John Buttimer damaged the front mudguard on his Impreza when it hit a chicane. John now has 2nd gear troubles to add to his first gear woes. Diarmuid & Peter Keohane lost time on their home Ardfield stage when they slid their Escort wide and damaged a rear suspension link. In the Citroen Racing Trophy Joe McGonigle continues to lead although only by 4s from David Carney. Carney did have a misfire on his Citroen C2R2 Max but a change of coil pack eventually cured the problem. Kevin O’Connor is still 3rd Citroen but an elusive misfire on his car still has not been traced. Luke McCarthy lost a little time when his Civic hit a bank earlier today and knocked a headlamp out.
On the McGrady Insurance backed Bishopscourt Stages today Derek McGarrity has won in his new Mini with Kieron Graffin 2nd and Derek McGeehan 3rd. James Kennedy was best of the Escorts.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON Regular updates on www.rallynews.net Follow RallyNews on Twittter @ pacenotes
 
 
 
 



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