Mcgarrity is top of the pile on tricky Tyrone Stages
Tyrone Stages Rally
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.