UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 3 Kilmore 1st (5) Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Subaru WRC) 23.58 2nd (2) Niall Maguire/Paul Nagle (Subaru WRC) 24.34 3rd (15) Mac McKenna/John Loughran (Peugeot rwd) 24.39 4th (4) David Armstrong/Herbie ...
UNOFFICIAL LEADERBOARD AFTER STAGE 3 Kilmore
1st (5) Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Subaru WRC) 23.58
2nd (2) Niall Maguire/Paul Nagle (Subaru WRC) 24.34
3rd (15) Mac McKenna/John Loughran (Peugeot rwd) 24.39
4th (4) David Armstrong/Herbie Blackburn (Esc.Cos) 24.46
5th (16) Roy White/Des Cooney (Lancer N) 25.06
6th (20) Eddie Kinirons/Greg Shinnors (Celica) 25.23
7th (11) Sean Gallagaher/Liam Costello (Esc.Cos) 25.34
8th (28) George Tracey/Elva Rowe (Impreza N) 25.40
9th (17) Aaron McHale/Damien Connolly (Lancer N) 25.42
10th (10) Anthony O'Halloran/Kieran Cusack (Manta) 25.48
All the drivers reported hairraising moments over today's slippy stages, but it's Michael Barrable keeping his act together best to set the pace, the Dubliner fastest over each of the first 3 stages. Dunlop Championship leader, and first on the road, Niall Maguire, looked very hot and sweaty when his Subaru arrived in here to service. The Monaghan man saying "I think we had the wrong tyres on, very slippy and patchy". David Armstrong told us "Very hard to judge the speed". While Michael Barrable said "Very treacherous, as soon as you get grip it's away again".
Drivers in trouble include Jimmy Lamber who has lost a mountain of time with alternator trouble. Patrick Elliott had that accident on the first stage but kept going through stages 2 and 3, setting respectable times despite the crumpled state of his car. Liam McCarthy in the Corolla WRC had a big spin in stage 2, took it easy in stage 3. No sign here at service of former NI Champion George Robinson. Paddy O'Reilly also missing. Eddie Kinirons lost 6th gear in his Celica a few miles from the end of stage 3, still setting good times. Paul Kelly, with Paul Hughes on the pace notes, reports being held up by slower cars. Martin O'Connell, with Sean Mullally on the notes, has crumpled the front of his Escort with an accident on stage 1 and another in stage 3.
In Group N Roy White continues to lead gpN in his Evo7, Roy reports "a bit of understeer but going hard enough". GpN Dunlop Championship leader Aaron McHale told us of an overshoot on stage 3 and still being relatively cautious.