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RALLY NEWS No.6 - Service - Saturday @ 17:07:27

Rally News No.6 Loughry College, Cookstown: Saturday

1st (7) Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda R5) 30.42.4
2nd (8) Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda R5) 30.56.3
3rd (4) Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Fiesta) 31.06.1
4th (9) Phillip Allen/Eugene Donnelly (Mini WRC) 31.22.0
5th (11) Damien Toner/Denver Rafferty (Escort) 31.53.9
6th (2) Kenny McKinstry/Robbie Philpott (Subaru WRC) 31.54.3
7th (10) Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O’Neill (Escort) 32.39.4
8th (28) William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208) 32.54.8

Torrential rain greeted the drivers when they arrived at the start of stage 7. Many of the cars were fitted with dry weather tyres and luckily for some there was a delay, so that it was not quite so wet by the time they started their run. The drivers reactions were mixed at stage finish – Kenny McKinstry said ‘That was not too bad’. Peadar Hurson commented. ‘It was not great for me we were on soft dry weather slicks’. Rally leader Desi Henry opined. ‘It was pretty slippy in places’ While Marty McCormack laughed and said. ‘We were on cut slicks all day, not a problem’

Indeed, it was Marty who set fastest time on that stage, but by just 0.8 of a second from Desi Henry with Peadar Hurson 0.2 of second further back. Phillip Allen was on Pirelli wet tyres and he managed a 4th fastest time, 0.6 of a second down on Hurson.

In overall terms the leaderboard changed very little despite the difficult terrain. Once again Damien Toner was dazzlingly fast in his Mk2 Escort. Adrian Hetherington slid his bright green example into the scenery on a square right corner quite close to the finish of the stage. He did finish the test, but as he is heading for the Cork Forestry rally tonight, decided to call it a day Enda McNulty had a major overshoot at roughly the same place as Hetherington and said the stage was like a bottle there and was the same to the finish. James Kennedy stopped his Escort after the stage for running repairs and then got going, possibly now running a bit late. Keith White has fixed what he thought was a damaged crown wheel and pinion and it turned to be something to do with the bolts in the prop shaft. In our last Rally News we reported that Jonny Greer’s Citroen had stopped in S6. The problem seems to centre on a high pressure fuel pump attached to the engine. This has happened before the Greer camp has changed everything that they can think of, but it has occurred again.

William Creighton and co driver Liam Regan had another fine run in the R2 division with his Peugeot 208. William’s R2 rival earlier in the day, Kyle White, has crashed out of the rally. This blows both the Juniors and the 2 wheel drive section of the McGrady NI C/ship wide open. Anthony Cairns had a good run through stage 7, right on the pace, but he is showing well down results and we think he may get an earlier stage time amended which should move him up a bit. Stanley Orr continues to lead the Historics, and Raymond Johnston leads his division of the Historic category. In GpN Niall Devine set another fabulous time through S7 to increase his GpN lead to 33s over Clive Kilpatrick.

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