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RALLY NEWS No.6 - After SS7 - Sunday @ 15:58:08
Rally News No.6 Monaghan Service Sunday 4.00pm

Unofficial Leaderboard After Stage Seven

1st (1)Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 1.06.11
2nd (3) Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Impreza WRC) 1.06.28
3rd (4) Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) 1.06.37
4th (5) Gary McPhillips/Mark Tierney (Escort Mk2) 1.07.54
5th (8) Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett (Escort Mk2) 1.08.31
6th (9) Rodney Wilton /Conor McMahon (Escort 1.08.31
7th (11) John Cairns/James Cairns (Impreza) 1.09.37
8th (15) Damien Gallagher/Paul Garry (Escort Mk2) 1.10.10
9th (19) Danny MacBride / Ambrose Given (Lancer N) 1.10.11
10th (46) Sam Moffett/Domhnall Lennon (Lancer N) 1.10.22
11th (14) Seamus O’Connell/ Sean Magee (Escort Mk2) 1.10.32
12th (16) Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan (Escort Mk2) 1.10.42

With only three stages remaining in the final loop and virtually nothing separating the leading drivers it is all going to come down to the wire. Rally leader Niall Maguire in the Maguire Transport Impreza and second placed man Derek McGarrity set identical times in stage seven leaving Maguire’s advantage at seventeen seconds with just two stages remaining. Melvyn Evans put his earlier scare behind him and hustled his Impreza through just under two seconds slower than Maguire and McGarrity and he is still very much in touch with second placed McGarrity and is only nine seconds behind the former tarmac champion.

Gary McPhillips lost a few more seconds to Manus Kelly over stage seven, McPhillips completing the stage in 11.21 while Kelly took another seven seconds and stopped the clocks on 11.14 leaving the 2wd lead separated by 37 seconds with two stages remaining.

Enda McNulty retired from a solid top ten result on stage five after his Lancer broke its gearbox, another unlucky retirement for the crew.

In GpN Sam Moffett is really turning on the pressure and took ten seconds from Danny MacBride to close the gap down to just eleven seconds while Trevor Bustard dropped a further thirty seconds to the leaders in stage seven.

Some interesting class battles have developed over the day and just outside the top ten class 11 was down to just two seconds separating Jim McKenna in his Starlett and Peter Wilson in his Civic after stage six. Lloyd Hutchinson is once again giant killing in his Mini Cooper and leads class 9 comfortably but he and co driver Kevin Flanagan are nursing the car as it has started to overheat. Victor Hunter is only eight seconds up on Damien Hagan in the class 13 battle while Raymond Conlon is only four seconds behind in his Corolla with Mac McKenna lying fourth in his rear wheel drive Peugeot. Andy Mackarel continues to lead class 15 while Gerry Smyth has a commanding lead in class twelve. Dave Leonard leads class six in his Saxo from Martin Tynan in his C2R2. In the junior rally Darren McKenna leads in his Corolla from Damien Whoriskey in his Escort while Jonathan Cunningham is once again having a good run in third in his Civic. More News Later Michael & Zoë Patterson

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