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RALLY NEWS No.4 - After stage 6 - Saturday @ 12:43:01
RALLY NEWS NO.4 Loughguile/Service/Saturday
1st (2) Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr (Impreza WRC) 24.09
2nd (3) Alastair Fisher/Barry McNulty (Lancer N) 24.20
3rd (4) Jonny Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Lancer N) 24.35
4th (1) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Corolla WRC) 24.39
5th (7) Neil McCance/Sean Ferris (Lancer N) 24.57
6th (6) Raymond Johnston/Rodney Hicks (Lancer N) 25.12
7th (8) Damien Tourish/James McNulty (Lancer N) 25.41
8th (10) Colin Britton/Arthur Kierans (Lancer N) 25.50

On the 2nd visit to Slieveanorra a slightly different route this time, Kenny McKinstry and Alastair Fisher tied for fastest time with Jonny Greer and Derek McGarrity tying for 3rd fastest times! With Alastair lying just 11s back from McKinstry he certainly hasn’t given up on going for victory at this half way point in the proceedings. Derek McGarrity set fastest time through stage 4 but then was well off the pace in stage 5 and here at service he said. “Yes we had a couple of good stages but then I made a couple of silly mistakes. As well as that through Parkmore and Glenariff we seemed to be getting no grip”. Kenny McKinstry told us. “We’ve been having a good run. After the first couple of stages I was just watching McGarrity’s times and didn’t realise that these young ones, Fisher and Greer, were going so hard. So we speeded up over the last couple of stages”.

Alastair Fisher whose Lancer seemed to be none the worse for wear after its Ballypatrick excursion was fastest through stage 4, Parkmore. Fastest again through Glenariff but he reckons he just doesn’t have the speed of the world rally cars over the Slieveanorra hill. Jonny Greer was slightly disappointed with his time over Slievanorra. His co driver Kirsty Riddick thought they had gone really well. Otherwise Jonny reported no problems. His brother Barry has retired his Fiesta because of drive shaft trouble. Raymond Johnston reckons his Lancer is slightly down in the turbo boost department. Neil McCance continues to go well but he joked. “What are we going to do with these young ones?”

Damien Tourish lost time over the last couple of stages because of the bent wish bone on his Lancer. That is being fixed here at service. Colin Britton has speeded up over the last couple of stages and he said. “I haven’t done a gravel rally for a year”. Phillip Hunter put his Escort off on a first gear square right in stage 5 and held up several other cars including Alan Carmichael and Dominic McNeill. They will doubtless get a “nominal” time in compensation. We unofficially have Dominic on a total of 26.07 which should put him somewhere around the back of the top 10. James Murphy/Anthony Nestor were up to 7th o/a but their Escort WRC has run out of electrics at the start of Slieveanorra. John McKeown in a similar Escort WRC pulled out after Glenariff as his car had gearbox trouble. Kieron Graffin has retired his Lancer due to mechanical problems. More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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