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RALLY NEWS No.4 - After Stage 4 - Sunday @ 14:01:47
RALLY NEWS NO.4 Service/Sunday
1st (5) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 41.37
2nd (3) Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC) 42.10
3rd (2) Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Impreza WRC) 42.16
4th (6) Kevin Kelleher/Adrian Deasy (Lancer N) 42.17
5th (4) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 42.20
6th (11) Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Escort) 44.06
7th (14) Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett (Escort) 44.34
8th (17) Ed Synan/Denis O'Connell (Escort) 45.27
9th (35) Alan O'Callaghan/Cathal McGrath (Impreza N) 45.36
10th (25) Pat Kelly/Noel Lambert (Impreza) 45.52

Welsh driver Melvyn Evans has powered his Subaru through stages 3 and 4 to set two fastest times and lead the rally by 33s from Kevin Barrett. Melvyn said here at service in control. “The car is going very well. I think we will put a few more cuts in the tyres, it is still slippy out there”. Kevin Barrett reported a slight overshoot at a “4 left junction” but otherwise all is well with the Triton Showers man. Similarly Niall Maguire reported a good run over the last 2 stages. Derek McGarrity is ruing is lack of testing his ex Eamonn Boland Impreza WRC and he said. “Its going alright but I am still learning the car and I could go faster. Mind you Melvyn is going well”.

Group N leader Kevin Kelleher reported a spin at an uphill section in stage 4 which cost a few seconds and meant his Lancer lost a bit of momentum but Kevin is still going fantastically well considering he is in a GpN car. His closest GpN challenger Aidan Bourke has reportedly incurred problems with his Lancer in stage 4 and we do not have his times as yet.

Mike Quinn has taken over the lead of the Modified section. Mike is still adjusting to a new tyre set up in his Escort. Manus Kelly was leading the category but his Escort has reportedly lost time in stage 4 with a puncture and he has slipped to 2nd in class. Ed Synan in 8th o/a and leads cl.13 in his Escort reports sparks coming out of the dash of the car and it seems to be losing a bit of power. Daniel McKenna is way down the order following his first stage gear linkage problems with his Escort. But he has set a stunning time through stage 3 to jump up from nearly last to 58th o/a after SS3. When he came in after stage 4 he told us. “The car is not 100 per cent. I need to adjust the rear suspension”. Washington James is in 11th o/a but reports getting no traction at the rear of his Darrian and needs to make some adjustments and get the car sorted for the West cork Rally. Sean Moran continues to lead cl.11 in his Corolla rwd and Neil Pierce leads cl.2 in his Civic. Tom Flaherty slid his Escort out of the rally in stage 3 and Tom Cahill overshot a corner and broke the intercooler pipe on stage 2. David Percy retired at the end of stage 1 when his new Escort F2 selected neutral on the way into a hairpin. He managed to get 3rd gear and get to the end of the stage but there was no point in continuing.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net

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