Burke/Fries Leading Unchallenged

At dinner time on Saturday, International Rally New York is running on time, with the competitors driving to the final two special stages in the Wawarsing, New York area. From there they will motor to Ellenville, New York for the finish. Competitors have faced dusty dirt and gravel roads for most of the day, but the recent arrival of rain should keep down the dust for the duration.

The team of Seamus Burke/Eddie Fries (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) is leading, despite the lost of fourth gear (of five). Their pace has been such that they have a lead of about 10 minutes with two special stages remaining, and no significant challenges to their lead are expected.

On the other hand, the runner-up position is still being contested. Enda McCormack/Bernard Farrell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) are currently second, but they have only six seconds in hand from Cyril KearneyDominik Jozwiak (Subaru Impreza).

In the two-wheel-drive category, the leading team is Rafal Listopad/Amy Feisel (Volkswagen Golf), and after mechanical failures by some of their competitors they are also running unchallenged.

-credit: int-rally-ny