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Mayo Stages Rally
RALLY NEWS No.3 - After stage 3 - Sunday @ 11:41:26
 
RALLY NEWS NO.3 Service/Sunday

UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 3 Five Xroads
1st (2) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 26.03
2nd (4) Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Impreza WRC) 26.09
3RD (1) Aaron MacHale/Diarmuid Falvey (Focus WRC) 26.17
4TH (6) Craig Breen/Dai Roberts (Fiesta S2000) 26.18
5TH (8) Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Escort) 26.33
6TH (3) Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 26.35
7TH (9) Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett (Escort) 26.56
8th (16) Damien Gallagher/Paul Garry (Escort) 27.15
9th (15) Sean Flanagan/Brian Millar (Impreza N) 27.23
10th (12) Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson (Escort) 27.32

Aaron MacHale was fastest through stage 2, Logboy, and Craig Breen in his new Super 2000 was fastest through stage 3. Only a handful of seconds separate the top cars on stage times so we could be in for a really closely fought day. Melvyn Evans who was fastest through the first stage had major spin and stall at a hairpin left junction in stage 3. Aaron MacHale’s Focus bounced over a rock on a square right corner in stage 3 and he was fortunate to escape a puncture. Craig Breen’s S2000 was sporting a damaged front apron which happened over a stage 3 jump. Craig reckons there is even more to come from the car.

The first stage blockage certainly did Craig no favours and has probably cost him at least 15s. Niall Maguire told us. “The car is fine but I just can’t get going”. Kevin Barrett had a very good run through those opening 3 stages and he is well pleased to be 2nd o/a. Daniel McKenna leads the Escort chargers despite running too soft a compound tyre and they lost their grip through stage 3. Manus Kelly is 2nd best Escort and he told us that he has no real answer to Daniel although Manus did admit to losing a few seconds at a chicane. Camillus Bradley had a time consuming spin at a square left in stage 3 and said. “As soon as you push it is easy to get caught out on the gravel”. Damien Gallagher is well in the hunt with the Escorts, although he has been having front brake problems. He fitted new pads this morning and they do not seem to be bedded in properly and he also had a massive spin.

Sean Flanagan is highest placed conventional Group N contender at the minute but he feels that his Subaru has a slight misfire and also that the stages are very tricky. Trevor & Kenny Bustard were on too hard a compound tyre but still hold 2nd GpN. Trevor Mulligan has retired after having slid his Escort off the road in stage 1. Maurice Moffett went out when he clipped a bale and damaged the steering on his Starlet. Neil Pierce’s Honda has stopped with a broken drive shaft. Gary Reidy has retired his Escort after clutch trouble. Mayo MC Chairman Sean McHugh has retired his BMW following drive shaft woes. He is hoping to get the car fixed and get a run out as course car.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net
 
 
 
 



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