UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 4 Drangon 1st (5) Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Subaru WRC) 34.00 2nd (2) Niall Maguire/Paul Nagle (Subaru WRC) 34.38 3rd (4) David Armstrong/Herbie Blackburn (Esc.Cos) 35.10 4th (15) Mac McKenna/John...
UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 4 Drangon
1st (5) Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Subaru WRC) 34.00
2nd (2) Niall Maguire/Paul Nagle (Subaru WRC) 34.38
3rd (4) David Armstrong/Herbie Blackburn (Esc.Cos) 35.10
4th (15) Mac McKenna/John Loughran (Peugeot rwd) 35.23
5th (16) Roy White/Des Cooney (Lancer N) 35.33
6th (20) Eddie Kinirons/Greg Shinnors (Celica) 36.07
7th (11) Sean Gallagaher/Liam Costello (Esc.Cos) 36.16
8th (28) George Tracey/Elva Rowe (Impreza N) 36.29
9th (7) Hugh Dunne/Derek Brannigan (Subaru WRC) 36.32
10th (17) Aaron McHale/Damien Connolly (Lancer N) 36.36
Stage 4, the first test of the second loop on this Stonethrowers Rally, and the weather is steadying up, the roads slightly drier in places, but still a bit patchy. Michael Barrable was again fastest, but by just 2s this time over Niall Maguire. David Armstrong was 3rd fastest, Roy White 4th and quickest of the group N men. Dunlop Championship leader Niall Maguire has only to finish in the top half dozen or so today to score enough points to clinch the championship, even with 2 rounds remaining. Niall however is not resting on his laurels. Unhappy with his tyre choice over the first 3 stages, the Monaghan man went for a slick dry weather tyre, with just a few cuts in the tread to combat the damp patches. It showed in his times, and indeed at the end of that 4th stage, outside the Frank Meagher home place, Niall commented "A lot better". Michael Barrable said "A quick and a hard stage". David Armstrong reported his tyres going off 2 miles from the end, while Hugh Dunne felt that his confidence was gradually coming back after his accident earlier in the year.
Patrick Elliott lost well over 2 minutes on the first stage when he crashed his Subaru and although his times are still not fantastic, his Impreza not really handling the best, Patrick is still creeping up towards the back of the leaderboard on a total of 38.19. Liam McCarthy is on 36.58, Liam feeling his car is now handling a bit better since he softened the suspension at the first service. Anthony O'Halloran is on 36.45. Mac McKenna dropped a place on stage 4, his rear wheel drive Peugeot showing a distinct lack of brakes towards the finish of the 11.9 mile stage.Group N leader Roy White is really getting into the groove now with his new Proflex suspension set up on his Evo7. In today's Ford Focus C/ship Colm Murphy was 8s up on Oliver Stanley with Cathal O'Reilly 3rd at first service. FINLAND-(provisional results) Gronholm, Burns, Solberg, Sainz, Martin Makinen.