Friday 8 April 2016

Rally - Scots in Eire

Craig Breen holds a 25 second advantage over Poland's Kajetan Kajetanowski with Alastair Fisher a further 2 seconds behind after 6 (of 14 stages) in this weekend's Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Struggling with brake issues for most of the day, David Bogie was top Scottish driver in 8th place almost a minute and a half behind the rally leader with Jonathan Greer and our Kirsty Riddick in 10th place. Alex Laffey is 34th but there has been no sign of Euan Thorburn since earlier this morning - and he's not on the retirement list! Neither is Blair Brown , but it was a close call. The clutch failed before the final stage today and they couldn't fix it in time, but have plenty of time to get it sorted for Saturday. Just one drawback, he'll be carrying a 10 min penalty. At least he's in good company, Elfyn Evans will re-start tomorrow with a penalty after pulling out earlier in the day when an auxiliary drive belt failed.

In the National event, Derek McGarrity leads Wes Patterson by 40 seconds with Ollie Mellors third almost 30 seconds behind. Top Scot was Donnie MacDonald who was 9th at the overnight halt, Ross Marshall 11th, John Morrison 22nd, Lee Hastings 27th and the indomitable Thaarique Fazal is 64th while Aberdeen's Gary McDonald co-driving for Ascot's Stephen Murray is 63rd.

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