Mcgee­han steers Mini to Bank Hol­i­day win

May Day Stages Rally

Motor Sport News - - ERC: Acropolis Rally - By Wil­liam Neill

Or­gan­iser: En­niskillen Mo­tor Club Ltd When: May 2 Where: St Angelo Air­port, County Fer­managh Cham­pi­onship: Ju­nior F1000 Rally Chal­lenge Ire­land Stages: 6 Starters: 101

Derek Mcgee­han and Lau­rence Smith won the May Day Stages Rally in their Mini Coun­try­man WRC by 11.7s af­ter a penalty hin­dered early leader, Damian Toner.

Kenny Mck­instry and friend Derek Crossan went fastest on SS1 over Mcgee­han, who caught a car, by 0.6s. Toner was just an­other 0.3s back in a Ford Es­cort Mk2 but, af­ter the re­peat, the two-wheel-drive con­tender was in front of the WRC crews by 0.8s. He found an­other 1.4s on the re­for­mat­ted SS3.

Over the fi­nal three stages Mcgee­han held the lead, with a SS6 win to in­crease his mar­gin over Mck­instry’s S14-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Subaru Im­preza by 3.2s.

Toner went on to win two-wheel drive and had the most stage wins (three) to fin­ish 16s from the win­ner and 4.3s from Mck­instry – the 20s penalty for a chi­cane er­ror proved costly.

F1000’s Josh and Tommy Mcer­lean made it three wins this sea­son by al­most four and a half min­utes in the Ju­nior sec­tion.

Re­sults 1 Derek Mcgee­han/ Lau­rence Smith (Mini Coun­try­man WRC) 27m21s; 2 Kenny Mck­instry/ Derek Crossan (Subaru Im­preza S14 WRC) +11s; 3 Damian Toner/ Den­ver Raf­ferty (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 4 Wil­liam Arm­strong/ Wil­liam Black (Es­cort Mk2); 5 Michael Carbin/ Conor Mo­han (Mit­subishi Lancer E4); 6 Chris Arm­strong/ David Jami­son (Es­cort Mk2); 7 Barry Mor­ris/ De­clan Camp­bell (Es­cort Mk2); 8 Alan Smyth/an­drea Sproule (Suzuki Swift S1600); 9 Jonny Leonard/ Geral­dine Leonard (Lancer E6); 10 De­clan Mccrory/ Paddy Mc­crud­den (Lancer E9).

Class win­ners Josh Mcer­lean/tommy Mcer­lean (Peu­geot 107); Olivia Coul­ter/ Chris Hill (Ford Anglia); Martin Collins/ja­son Rea (Honda Civic); Gerry Farmer/ Mark Brit­ton (Lancer E6); Ruairi Maguire/ Mairead Mcbride (Vaux­hall Corsa); Travis Humphrey/ Damien Con­lin (Peu­geot 205); Smyth/ Sproule; Wil­liam Mc­clurkin/ Paul Mor­ri­son (Es­cort Mk2); Mor­ris/ Camp­bell; Toner/ Raf­ferty; Mcgee­han/ Smith.

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