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West Cork Rally
RALLY NEWS No.7 - Clonakilty - Sunday @ 12:05:47
 
RALLY NEWS NO.7 Clonakilty/Sunday

UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 11 Inchybridge
1st (145) Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Impreza N) 1.24.39.8
2nd (4) Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda S2000) 1.24.41.7
3rd (2) Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Impreza WRC) 1.24.47.5
4th (152) Danny Barry/Brian Duggan (Lancer N) 1.26.53.0
5th (8) Damien McCarthy/Eamonn Hayes (Civic) 1.26.56.4
6th (7) Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Escort) 1.28.46.4
7th (11) Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy (Escort) 1.30.16.5
8th (12) Tomas Davies/Eurig Davies (Escort) 1.30.51.9
9th (6) Peter Lloyd/Martin Brady (Impreza WRC) 1.30.58.8
10th (30) Jason & Ruth McSweeney (Civic) 1.31.01.5

Unfortunately Kevin Kelleher/Gerard Seaman have crashed their Lancer out of the rally on stage 11, Inchybridge. Kevin was 3rd in the running order at the time and the following cars stopped to make sure they were OK. This means that the above leaderboard is, in the meantime, provisional.

On the opening stage of the day, the classic Ring test, Daragh O’Riordan was fastest in his Impreza WRC. Daragh lost a bit of time yesterday in the very wet conditions but he certainly made up for that this morning. He commented at afterwards. “I’m happy enough this morning. We were on the right tyres. Although it was sunny the road was still pretty slippy.” Daragh went on to say that he was first on the scene of Kevin Kelleher’s accident and although Kevin’s Lancer was quite damaged Kevin and his co driver Gerard were a shaken up but unhurt.

Rally leader Colm Murphy was slowed this morning by a broken exhaust manifold on his GpN Impreza. Robert Barrable in the new Skoda S2000 had a great run over the opening stage and he said. “I’m very happy with that”. Danny Barry on the other hand felt he could have been quicker. Damien McCarthy in the Civic was 5th fastest through the Ring stage and Damien reckons that his tyres were a little soft for the rapidly warming roads. Trevor Mulligan was slowed slightly through Ring due to some sort of problem with the axle of his Escort. Fergus O’Meara dropped about 20s when he spun his Escort. Jason McSweeney spun his Civic. Brian O’Keefe has discovered that the front differential of his Impreza is not working properly and the car is now in 2wd mode.

Joe McGonigle was fastest of the Citroen contenders through the Ring stage but at one point he slid his C2R2 wide and it clipped a hedge and also got some mud in a rear wheel which caused a vibration. Kieran Daly is still the highest placed Citroen from Scott McElhinney. Joe McGonigle is 3rd.
More news later: BRIAN & LIZ PATTERSON www.rallynews.net
 
 
 
 



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