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RALLY NEWS No.2 - After stage 1 - Saturday @ 10:51:02

RALLY NEWS NO.2 End of SS1 Slieveanorra/Saturday

1st (2) Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr (Impreza WRC) 6.37
2nd (3) Alastair Fisher/Barry McNulty (Lancer N) 6.48
3rd (4) Jonny Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Lancer N) 6.50
4th (1) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Corolla WRC) 6.51
5th (7) Neil McCance/Sean Ferris (Lancer N) 6.57
6th (8) Damien Tourish/James McNulty (Lancer N) 6.59
7th (6) Raymond Johnston/Rodney Hicks (Lancer N) 7.01
(20) Enda McNulty/Ronan O'Kane (Impreza N) 7.01
9th (18) James Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Escort WRC) 7.05
10th (11) John McKeown/Tommy Speers (Escort WRC) 7.07

As can be seen above Kenny McKinstry was fastest through the Slieveanorra test and he said. “I was trying hard but the car feels dead of itself”. Derek McGarrity told us. “The Corolla is fantastic over the jumps and bumps. I’m not pushing hard enough because I don’t have the confidence in it yet”. Alastair Fisher was 2nd fastest overall as well as best GpN and the young Fermanagh man said. “I was treating the jumps with respect but they are very aggressive and the car is kicking at the back”. Jonny Greer said. “At a square left, 5 left over crest, we hit something with the front right wheel, just at the finish. But we had a good flow”.

Neil McCance and Raymond Johnston both reported good runs through the stage. Donegal man Damien Tourish had a spin at a 6 left tightens which cost a couple of seconds, so that makes his time look fairly respectable. Kieron Graffin was down on 7.37 with his GpA Lancer and said he is still getting used to the car.

Trevor Moore was fastest of the 2 wheel drive cars with a time of 7.12 and said a couple of the jumps were really big. Phillip Hunter did 7.28. Seamus O’Connell’s son Tommy is running at No.14 and he did a 7.51 as he settled into the job. Colm McFall had a spin in his Escort Cosworth WRC and he had a time of 7.24. Cork man James Murphy had a good run, 2s up on local man John McKeown in a similar Escort WRC. Emma McKinstry lost a few seconds, her time 7.24. Emma reckoned there was something sticking on a brake making the car very unstable.

Some more times include: Alan Carmichael 7.27: Dominic McNeill 7.10 in the GpA Lancer: Brendan O’Hagan in the Impreza WRC reckons he is out of practise and recorded 7.35. Ian Cochrane with No.43 on his Lancer but
running behind Car 20 did a time of 7.17. Ian said his GpN car felt a bit loose at the rear end.

More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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