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RBS Int Manx National Rally 2008
RALLY NEWS No.6 - After SS11 - Thursday @ 15:22:31

WEE MANX TALES NO.6 Grandstand/Saturday 2pm

1st (3) Melvyn Evans/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC)
2nd (2) Roger Duckworth/Mark Broomfield (Impreza WRC)
3rd (6) Marcus Dodd/Andrew Bargery (Accent WRC)
4th (24) Richard Cathcart/Martin Brady (Lancer N)
5th (11) David Kynaston/Andy Russell (Audi A3)
6th (4) Jon Ingram/Ian Allsop (Impreza WRC)
7th (45) Keith Cronin/Greg Shinnors (Lancer N)
8th (17) Neil McCance/Graham Hopewell (Lancer N)
9th (7) Stephen Moore/Tony McHugh (Focus WRC)
10th (30) Jonny Greer/Jonny Hart (Lancer N)
11th (14) John Price/Caroline Price (Metro 6R4)
12th (23) Danny Barry/Mark Bowens (Lancer N)

The news that Kenny McKinstry has retired his Subaru on stage 10, Garey, up past the Mines an over the Round Table, has left Melvyn Evans with a fairly healthy lead at the front of this RBS International Manx Rally. Roger Duckworth is now in 2nd place and he has a time buffer front and rear so he’s looking fairly settled. Then there is just 11s separating the next 4 cars, so its all to play for through the final 3 stages between Marcus Dodd, Richard Cathcart, David Kynaston and Jon Ingram.

Kenny McKinstry had closed to within a few seconds of Melvyn Evans when reportedly the engine of his Subaru cried enough. Melvyn commented when he got here to service that he had a real cut through stages 9 and 10 and was very disappointed that Kenny went out. Roger Duckworth reported that he was going fine, but not quick enough to get near Melvyn. Richard Cathcart laughed when he recalled that he was catching a few pigeons and roosters through the last couple of stages, and admitted to being just a little cautious through stage 10 where he dropped quite a few seconds to his nearest group N rival Keith Cronin.

Marcus Dodd moved from 3rd to 4th after stage 11, although Marcus did report that his Accent’s turbo seemed to lose a little of it’s go in stage 10. Marcus thinks that it was something to do with the exhaust gas re-circulating valve thingy. On top of that Marcus’ front tyres really went off the boil through stage 11. Jon Ingram said he was just pleased to be here, that his Subaru was now behaving itself. Rob Watson has charged back to 15th after his earlier puncture. Rob said. “We’re getting there, the car feels nice, drifting lovely. We will move to a harder compound tyre for the last loop”. Neil McCance is holding a solid 3rd in group N and is under no pressure from behind. Jonny Greer is up to 4th in the category and he said. “It’s hard to know where to push”. Stephen Moore has speed up over the last couple of stages and despite a big spin at the Mines, he said. “We’re getting there now, the tyres went off but the speed is definitely better”. Stephen Petch is in 13th place and he reported a very bad misfire on his Accent through stage 10 and he had real difficulty as well when the tyres went badly off and at one point he just missed a wall as the car under steered across the road.

Danny Barry is 12th o/a and 5th group N despite rear differential troubles on his Lancer. Derek Boyd’s is reported to be stopped on that loop of stages and reportedly the Subaru went on fire at one point. David Mann’s Impreza blocked the end of stage 10 for a while when it went on fire. Several of the following drivers stopped and donated their fire extinguishers to dampen the under bonnet conflagration. David Bogie crashed his Lancer off the road in stage 10, crew OK, car damaged. Alan Cookson retired his Impreza WRC when a £50 selector joint sheared off and he was left gearless. Geoff Glover retired his rear wheel drive Astra with a broken gear box.

The Icelandic crew of Daniel Sigurdarson and Isak Guojonsson crashed their Lancer, both taken to hospital, Isak released fairly quickly although he had hurt his collar bone. Daniel is still in x-ray. Norman Quayle/Stephen Quine lost time when they got held up by an Evo which was struggling with broken rear suspension. Their red Astra was also suffering from an oil leak from a holed sump. Nike Elsmore is back in 17th having lost time early in the rally with a spin and a puncture, although his main problem was getting a new type of suspension set up. Graham Coffey lost time in stage 7 when he thumped a rock with a front wheel, now in 14th o/a. Lee Batty is up to 20th in his Mk2 Escort, now 3rd in class between Steven Quine and Rob Watson.

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