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RALLY NEWS No.11 - After SS19 - Monday @ 16:50:56

RALLY NEWS NO.11 Grandstand/Saturday/11.45

1st (4) Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Impreza N)
2nd (1) Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Impreza WRC)
3rd (3) Guy Wilks/David Moynihan (Lancer N)
4th (5) David Higgins/Ieuan Thomas (Impreza N)
5th (10) James Wozencroft/Chris Ridge (Impreza N)
6th (9) Darren Gass/Neil Shanks (Lancer N)
7th (18) Brian O'Mahony/John Higgins (Clio S1600)
8th (17) Guy Woodcock/John Skinner (Escort Maxi)
9th (12) Jonny Greer/Jonny Hart (Lancer N)
10th (16) Paul Curphey/Mark Perryman (Lancer N)

Eamonn Boland was fastest through stages 18 and 19 which makes him fastest on all 3 stages this morning. Mark Higgins responded to Guy Wilks’ charge through the opening stage this morning by being fastest group N through stages 18 and 19 with Guy 3rd fastest, opening up the gap between himself and David Higgins. Mark said here at service. “The whole thing is getting the tyres right now we are still pushing hard”. Guy Wilks had some intercom problems through stage 18 and also had an overshoot towards the stage finish and had to reverse. David Higgins is going to make some adjustments to his Impreza rear suspension, the car not performing well over the bumps.

James Wozencroft continues to do a solid job to hold 5th, James on a really good pace now. Darren Gass in the Pirelli Lancer pulled a few seconds back from Wozencroft on stage 18 but lost a few in 17 and 19. Brian O’Mahony and Guy Woodcock continue to have their battle for best two wheel drive honours. Guy’s Escort Maxi having a major brush with the scenery down through the Curraghs, but he got away with it and lost little time. Jonny Greer explained his 5 minute road penalty as being caused by changing tyres in a control zone on Friday evening. Although he changed the wheels himself this is against the regulations. Paul Curphey lost a bit of time through stage 18 but otherwise had a good run to maintain his position in the top 10 despite chasing some chickens off the road. Dale Robertson had a minor excursion on Orrisdale when the car slid into the ditch after the crossroads losing about 15s.

John McGlaughlin was another to have a brush with the chickens on stage 18 but otherwise going well in 11th overall. Huw Evans put his Impreza off the road at a narrow square right on stage 17 and also had a major 95 mph spin and was very lucky not to collect anything in the scenery. Robert Swann is running under Super Rally rules, as is Wyn Humphreys. Both drivers are just now trying to get the cars to the finish to score points for their respective teams. Humphreys’ car needed virtually everything that was made of rubber under the bonnet replaced, as well as a new steering rack following yesterday’s fire.

In the Citroen C2R2 Cup Jason Pritchard continues to lead from Andrew Hockridge with Martin Laverty 3rd. These three also holding the top 3 places in class R2. In class R1 Donegal man Martin O’Donnell has now moved into the lead. Mark Gamble was leading the class and the Suzuki category but he has gone off the road and lost some time. Ross Forde now leads the Suzukis with Mark Gamble 2nd and Nicki Bjerj 3rd. Interestingly John Mulholland has now got his Skoda Fabia Diesel up to 22nd o/a and 2nd in class R3 behind Brian O’Mahony.

On Swansea Bay Rally Dave Weston leads overall from Jon Ingram with Marcus Dodd 3rd. Burton is well down the list. David Bogie leads group N with Richard Cathcart’s Evo 0.2 of a second behind. Danny Barry is 3rd, 11s back with Neil McCance a further 3.3s back.

Back here on the Isle of Man Jimmy McRae leads the Historics by 55s from Steve Smith with Richard Hill 3rd, David Stokes 4th, Derek Boyd 5th, Richard Hall 6th and ian Corkhill 7th just ahead of Dessie McCartney.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON


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