Lurgan Park Rally at Lurgan Park

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After a few weeks to organise the RMS stand i think we had done well with just over 30 cars on display from old to new and extreme to subtle, and all cleaned before the rally kicked off at 11am. With Lynch supposedly out for the rest of the season with back problems it was great to see him out to regain his title this year, and he drove well from start to finish with Eugene hot on his heels all day.  Even though he was in the outdated but still championship winning Corolla it finished 2nd overall with Kenny taking the final podium spot in his Impreza. In group N Jennings led all day with his normal full lit style of driving which is great to watch but with Curran, McGlaughlin and McGonagle all out to win the battle.Curran coming 2nd after a huge moment on the last stage where he nearly rolled and McGlaughlin finishing 3rd in class after Terry had a big off wrecking the rear right wheel and suspension of the Evo. 

It was good to see the Stobart focus WRC of Paul Bird over from the mainland fro the event and he drove well all day finishing 5th overall with Biggerstaff out in his famous 6R4, which i have to say was my car of the day.  Fair play to the man for 10th overall in such an old machine! Nial Mcshea was out in a very rare Cordoba WRC for this event and was driving well setting a joint fastes time on final stage and 6th overall. Taking 4th position was Glenn Allen in his Corolla WRC and he drove very well and seems to be getting some real good results since he changed from the fords a few months back. Highlight of the day was the mkII challenge running at the end of the field with the big names out for the craic and a good aul battle between themselves with Bradley coming out on top.

Great Day all in all and the weather made conditions a bit iffy to say the least but made for great viewing and a very well organised family friendly day was had. A big thanks must go to all the lads and lasses from me that brought cars for the stand as without you lot it couldn’t have happened. Pictures of all competitors available by emailing myself – [email protected]

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<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>1<sup>st</sup> (1) Kevin Lynch/Gordon Noble (Impreza WRC) 16.37.3

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>2<sup>nd</sup> (2) Eugene Donnelly/Andrew Mullan (Corolla WRC) 16.44.1

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>3<sup>rd</sup> (3) Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr (Impreza WRC) 16.54.1

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>4<sup>th</sup> (11) Glenn Allen/Kieran McCracken (Corolla WRC) 17.03.7

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>5<sup>th</sup> (8) Paul Bird/Andy Richardson (Focus WRC) 17.04.8

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>6<sup>th</sup> (5) Niall McShea/Willie McKee (Cordoba WRC) 17.12.7

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>7<sup>th</sup> (10) Maurice Gass/Andrew Cullen (Fabia WRC) 17.17.9

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>8<sup>th</sup> (9) Cathal Arthurs/Vincent Fergus (Accent WRC) 17.30.7

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>9<sup>th</sup> (12) James Gillen/Rodney Johnston (Impreza A) 17.30.7

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px”>10<sup>th</sup> (6) Denis Biggerstaff/Robin McCandless (6R4) 17.31.6

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

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