Mc­gar­rity is top of the pile on tricky Ty­rone Stages

Ty­rone Stages Rally

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Wil­liam Neill

Or­gan­iser: Cook­stown Mo­tor Club Date: July 31 Where: Li­mavady, North­ern Ire­land Cham­pi­onships: MSA ANICC North­ern Ire­land Stage Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 12 Starters: 43

De­spite a sus­pected turbo is­sue with a quar­ter of the Ty­rone Stages still re­main­ing, Derek Mc­gar­rity and Diar­muid Falvey went on to be named win­ners at Benone beach by 21.8s in their Wrc-spec Ford Fi­esta.

A change of spark plugs and coil packs to Mc­gar­rity’s car can­celled any wor­ries at the fi­nal Aghan­loo ser­vice to keep Bren­dan Cu­miskey, who was pre­par­ing for the Ul­ster Rally, in sec­ond with his Fi­esta R5. An over­shoot on SS2 did not stop the car dealer from try­ing, go­ing faster than Mc­gar­rity on three stages be­fore the pair tied on the 2.6-mile SS9, Old Bai­ley.

De­spite no sec­ond gear on the fi­nal loop, Emma Mck­instry, 58s from Cu­miskey, was third in the Subaru Im­preza S14 WRC her fa­ther, Kenny, used at Lur­gan Park. An older model this time pro­vided power steer­ing is­sues for him.

John Devlin im­pressed early in the two-wheel-drive cat­e­gory – he was sec­ond over­all af­ter SS1, but fin­ished ninth, strug­gling with the drier stages. Spon­sor Camil­lus Bradley won the class in fourth over­all, pi­lot­ing a Ford Es­cort Mk2.

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