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RALLY NEWS No.7 - Millstreet - Sunday @ 12:13:57

RALLY NEWS NO.7 Millstreet/Service/Sunday

1st (1) Daragh O`Riordan/Tony McDaid (Fiesta WRC)
2nd (2) Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Impreza WRC)
3rd (4) Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan (Focus WRC)
4th (5) Kevin Kelleher/Ger Conway (Impreza WRC)
5th (9) Owen Murphy/James O`Brien (Lancer N)
6th (8) Stephen & Susanne Wright (Lancer N)
7th Sam Moffett 8th Josh Moffett 9th Rory Byrne 10th Stephen Carey

1st (11) Roy White/Liam Brennan (MG S2000)
2nd (16) Wesley Patterson/Sean Hayde (Escort)
3rd (17) Phil Collins/Adrian Deasy (Escort)
4th (22) Jim McKenna/Thomas Treanor (Escort)
5th (31) John Hickey/John McCarthy (Escort 4x4)
6th (23) Jason Ryan/Tadgh O1Sullivan (Starlet)

Fastest through the Caherbarnagh stage was Kevin Kelleher in his older model Subaru WRC and Kevin was then 2nd fastest through stage 11 Shamrock Bridge and he said. `We picked a really soft slick tyre and it worked`. Rally leader Daragh O`1Riordan told us. `It was a bit drier through those stages but very greasy and we are trying to pick a pace`. Garry Jennings admitted to being very nervous and jittery through those two stages. This is most unlike Garry, but he has put such an investment of effort and commitment into the Tarmac Championship he does not want to slip now. Garry said. `I am backing off, not sliding the car about, trying not to get punctures`.

Owen Murphy has moved back into the group N lead and admitted. `The pace out there is mental`. Sebastian Ling/Aled Rees did lead the GpN category and were 5th o/a in their distinctive yellow Lancer, but it all went wrong on SS11 when the car spun to a halt. We do not think there is too much damage but there is no sign as yet of them finishing the stage. Sam Moffett was the next car along and he dropped about 30s getting past. Stephen Wright and Josh Moffett were also affected but to a lesser degree. Rory Byrne has been having a really good run in his recently acquired Evo 10 and he has now moved into 9th o/a.

In the National Rally Roy White/Liam Brennan have increased their lead to almost 4m over 2nd placed Wesley Patterson/Sean Hayde. Roy reported no problems. Wesley has upped his pace as it dawned on him that Phil Collins was pushing hard and closing on the runner up spot. Despite his woes this weekend Frank Kelly was kind enough to lend Jim McKenna 2 forestry front struts for Jim`s Escort and he is now holding on to 4th place ahead of John Hickey and Jason Ryan.

Following stage 9 Mark Falvey/Peter Scott led the Historic Rally in the ex Billy Coleman Mk1 Escort. They have had a clean run so far and hold a 51s advantage over Denis Moynihan/Shane Buckley in a similar Mk1 Escort. Denis has had a bit of a break from rallying but is now getting back on the pace. There is a lot of local honour at stake of course! Aidan O`Connor/Ian Regan are 3rd and lead class C3 in their Escort. John Spiers/Susanne Niedham are 4th in their Porsche. James O`Mahony & Kerrie Barry have extensive panel damage to their Volvo 144 but still lead B5.

In the Junior Rally after their opening 2 stages today John O`Flaherty/Tommy Commane in their Starlet held a 1s lead over Callum Devine/Liam McLoughlin in a Citroen C2R2 Max. Father and son crew Gary and Breen McNamee from Oldcastle were 3rd in their Civic. Gary has never driven the Civic in anger on a wet road so his 2nd fastest stage time through stage 9, Shamrock Bridge, was pretty remarkable.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net (With thanks to Zoe Patterson: Dougie Hughes: Aidan Harper: Angus Sealy): *Follow RallyNews on Twitter @ Pacenotes or @Real_RallyNews

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