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RALLY NEWS No.4 - After SS4 - Sunday @ 13:56:06

Rally News No.4 End Of Stage Four – Sunday 2.00pm

Unofficial Leaderboard After Stage Four

1st (1)Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 38.37
2nd (4) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 38.51
3rd (3) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 39.02
4th (5) Gary McPhillips/Mark Tierney (Escort Mk2) 39.22
5th (9) Rodney Wilton /Conor McMahon (Escort) 39.56
6th (8) Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett (Escort Mk2) 40.10
7th (11) John Cairns/James Cairns (Impreza) 40.30
8th (18) Enda McNulty/Paul Sheridan (Lancer ) 40.38
9th (19) Danny MacBride / Ambrose Given (Lancer N) 41.07
10th (24) John O'Donnell / Mac Walsh (Escort Mk2) 41.10
11th (34) Eugene Ferry / Derek Heena (Escort Mk2) 41.14
12th (15) Damien Gallagher/Paul Garry (Escort Mk2) 41.18
13th (14) Seamus O’Connell/ Sean Magee (Escort Mk2) 41.24

Derek McGarrity made good on his word about improving and promptly set fastest time in stage four stopping the clocks on 10.57 compared to Melvyn Evans on 11.05 and rally leader Niall Maguire 11.06. The biggest looser out of the top bunch was Gary McPhillips whose Escort is now almost crippled as its misfire has got worse rather than better and he dropped back to fourth with a time of 11.29 over thirty seconds slower than McGarrity’s fastest time.

Damien Gallagher arrived at the finish of stage four with his Escort running without hardly any brakes, the driver explained that he had to pump the peddle for the last few kilometres of the stage. Adrian Hetherington was much happier with his car and told us “the lads did a great job in service, new clutch fitted – great job”, Adrian completing the stage in 11.36. Both Manus Kelly and Rodney Wilton were the 2wd pace setters, Wilton one second faster on a 11.16 which when you put it into perspective was only ten seconds slower than rally leader Maguire over a 20 km stage. John O’Donnell and Mac Walsh are still running well in the top ten but dropped at least twenty seconds when they overshot a junction and then messed up the final chicane on stage four.

Danny MacBride pulled out all the stops to go ten seconds faster than Sam Moffett and now leads GpN by 25 seconds. MacBride went for as hard a compound cut slick he could get and reckons it was the right thing to go for. Trevor Bustard felt he was getting better but feels he is still lacking confidence in his GpN Lancer while Des Moore was also going well despite the broken exhaust on his Escort. Mac McKenna had a good run but was the first of the drivers to report some very heavy rain showers in the stage. Just off the Leaderboard and going well is Peter Wilson in his Honda Civic while Andy Mackarel is doing his usual sterling job in his older Lancer and leads class 15 while Enda McLoughlin is having a great battle was John Kelly in his Corolla for the class 10 lead.

More News Later Michael & Zoë Patterson

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