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RALLY NEWS No.2 - Service - Saturday @ 11:46:04

Rally News No.2 Loughry College/Saturday 11.50

1st (4) Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Fiesta) 3.07.3
2nd (9) Phillip Allen/Eugene Donnelly (Mini WRC) 3.07.9
3rd (7) Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda R5) 3.09.2
4th (8) Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda R5) 3.10.7
5th (2) Kenny McKinstry/Robbie Philpott (Subaru WRC) 3.10.8
6th (3) Jonny Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citroen R5) 3.11.5
7th (11) Damien Toner/Denver Rafferty (Escort) 3.13.5
8th (5) Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Impreza WRC) 3.14.6
9th (10) Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O’Neill (Escort) 3.16.5
10th (18) Daniel Barry/Gary McElhinney (Peugeot S2000) 3.20.9

Despite not having competed on a rally for a few months Peadar Hurson was fastest through the first stage, although he did have some dramas at the start line: reportedly Peadar had to have a re-start and this affected the following competitor, Alan Carmichael.

There was disappointment at the end of stage 1 for Derek McGarrity as he detected some small engine problem with his recently acquired Subaru. He decided not to go any further.

Phillip Allen surprised a few with his 2nd fastest time. When Phillip brought the McGeehan Mini WRC to a halt he seemed very cool and collected, and reported no dramas. Desi Henry in 3rd place said he had a good run but found the road very slippery. Jonny Greer also remarked on how deceptively slippy the road was. Kenny McKinstry had a clean run. His co driver Robbie Philpott said it was just like the old days but maybe with not as much drama. Danny Barry felt he was a but rusty after a long rally lay off, but he was quite happy with his top 10 time. Marty McCormack said that his Skoda was 100 per cent perfect, a very fine tribute to Derek McGeehan who built the car from scratch in a couple of weeks.

Damien Toner was impressively fastest in the 2 wheel drive category from Adrian Hetherington while some other two wheel drives included Callum Duffy on 3.21.1: Keith White recorded 3.27.2 and Marty Toner 3.26.4. Fintan McGrady was down on 3.35.5 and kicking himself for picking too soft a compound tyre.

In the R2 category William Creighton recorded a 3.22.2, Kyle White 3.27.4 and Josh McErlean 3.29.7. In Group N Niall Devine was 6s up on Clive Kilpatrick. No time yet for Paul Britton as he is running further down the field. On Rally Finland there is little change, after stage 17 Latvala has slipped ahead of Lappi with Hanninen in third. Breen is now sixth and Meeke eighth.

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