Motor Sport News - - Brc: Rsac Scottish Rally - By Brian Pat­ter­son

Or­gan­iser: Carrick on Suir MC When: June 26 Where: Water­ford Cham­pi­onships: Suir­way South East Rally Cham­pi­onship, Plas­ticbags.ie South­ern 4 Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: six Starters: 100

In only his fourth event in his new Ford Fi­esta R5+, Kil­lar­ney’s Alan Ring, co-driven by Adrian Deasy, had a start-to-fin­ish win on the com­pact Ravens Rock Stages.

The duo were never chal­lenged over the day’s six spe­cial stages; Enda O’brien/john But­ler (Ford Es­cort) moved into sec­ond place on the sec­ond stage and stayed there to the end, but never looked like a match for the fly­ing Fi­esta R5+ at the front.

David Con­dell, who was fifth on the re­cent Heart­lands Rally in his Ford Es­cort, fin­ished a solid third this time. Eu­gene Mcgrath was co-driv­ing.

The open­ing stage, Croughan Hill, 9.41 miles long, started out­side Kil­mac­thomas and headed North­wards to­wards Carrick on Suir over good as­phalt roads.

Ring was fastest, by less than 1s from Liam Howlett in his Es­cort, but the lat­ter was to re­tire in stage two due to an ac­ci­dent. Enda O’brien took up the chal­lenge of try­ing to catch Ring.

How­ever by first ser­vice at Suir­way’s in­dus­trial es­tate in Carrick on Suir, Ring’s ad­van­tage was al­ready 24s. Third placed Mick O’brien (Ford Fo­cus WRC) was 47s be­hind the leader, with Con­dell in his Es­cort hold­ing fourth.

Ja­son Ryan (Toy­ota Star­let) had been sev­enth on the open­ing stage but he was another to re­tire in stage two, his car show­ing body dam­age.

Through stages three and four Ring was again fastest. By sec­ond ser­vice af­ter stage four he had 55s in hand over sec­ond place Enda O’brien. Con­dell moved up into third ahead of Mick O’brien. Fur­ther re­tire­ments on the sec­ond run­ning of the Kill­bal­lyquilty stage in­cluded Derek Daly (Mit­subishi Lancer) who had been ninth and Cork man Mark Dol­phin (Es­cort) who pulled out when hold­ing 10th with a slip­ping clutch. Daly’s co-driver re­ported that their Lancer had “fallen over”, pos­si­bly be­cause of a du­bi­ous tyre choice.

The weather had been change­able through­out the day, and sev­eral of the top driv­ers re­ported that they were on too soft a com­pound tyre for the mid­dle loop of stages. There was a 12-mile jour­ney from ser­vice down to the start of stage five out­side Kil­mac­thomas, which made tyre choice dif­fi­cult in the change­able con­di­tions.

On stage five, Enda O’brien did set fastest time with sixth-placed Paul Pur­till’s Es­cort Mk2 sec­ond in the peck­ing or­der for that test. Ring was slightly off the pace, just too re­laxed, but made amends on the fi­nal stage with the best time. Forestry Mod­i­fied cham­pion Mickey Con­lon in his Es­cort was just 3s back. Con­lon fin­ished fifth over­all and win­ner of class 13. Ear­lier, in stage two, Con­lon had a ma­jor spin at a five left on shiny tar and lost a few sec­onds.

How­ever he still did enough dur­ing the day to hold on to his lead in the Suir­way South East Cham­pi­onship. Neil To­hill had a good run dur­ing the day to fin­ish 14th in his Mit­subishi Lancer and win Group N.


1 Alan Ring/adrian Deasy (Ford Fi­esta R5) 55m02.4s; 2 Enda O’brien/john But­ler (Ford Es­cort Mk2) +50.3s; 3 David Con­dell/ Eu­gene Mcgrath (Es­cort Mk2); 4 Mick O’brien/ Liam Bren­nan (Ford Fo­cus WRC08); 5 Mickey Con­lon/ Ciaran Mcphillips (Es­cort Mk2); 6 Paul Pur­till/ Paul Kelly (Es­cort Mk2); 7 Si­mon Reid/ Paul Collins (Honda Civic); 8 Ed­die Power/john Rafter (Toy­ota Corolla WRC); 9 Vin­cent Mc­sweeney/ Michael Kear­ney (Civic); 10 An­drew Fan­ning/ Derek Gibbs (Fi­esta).

Class win­ners Ea­monn Bates/aaron Ka­vanagh (Civic); Keith Lyons/ Sean He­garty (Fi­esta R2T); Kevin Dol­phin/ Martin O’brien (Re­nault Clio); Neil To­hill/ Ger­ard To­hill (Mit­subishi Lancer E9); Ring/ Deasy; O’brien/ Bren­nan; Billy Mccarthy/john Falvey (Nis­san Mi­cra); Paschal O’shea/ Robbie Hen­nessey (Es­cort); Reid/ Collins; An­drew Dug­gan/tara Dug­gan (Es­cort Mk2); De­nis Hickey/ Sean Nolan (Es­cort); Con­lon/ Mcphillips; Enda O’brien/john But­ler (Es­cort Mk2); Power/ Rafter; Fan­ning/ Gibbs; Ge­orge Swan­ton/ Kevin Barry (Es­cort); Ian Davies/ Ry­land James (Es­cort); Fer­gus Hur­ley/ Eric Deane (Es­cort Mk2).

Photo: Ger Leahy, Kevin Money

Ring took first win in Fi­esta R5+

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