Stafford storms SS9

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The old saying of there being many a slip between cup and lip is very true. The slip in this instance is the slip that Andrew Purcell had with his car on the last stage of the day, well a spin to be more precise. It turned an 11″ advantage into just over 4″ of a deficit, not something he would have been thinking of overnight. Having said that, he was just happy to have made James Stafford work so hard to get the overnight lead. The last stage of the day also saw Gary Kiernan drop out with a mechanical problem, Stephen McCann being the driver to step into the provisional overnight podium spot.

Richard Moffett is less than 2″ back in 4th with 38″ to spare over Wesley Patterson in 5th, the latter is on somewhat of a charge so watch what happens here. Earlier we told you of the battles behind this, there is only 11.6″ between Patterson in 5th & Mickey Conlon in 8th, Richie Moore and Leon Galvin are between the two of them, this has to be the best top 10 dice we have had for many years and Tom├ís O’Rourke is only 12.2″ behind in 9th and has only 11.5″ to spare over Darren O’Brien in 10th. The tenths of a second in timing in the Wexford rally is only relatively new, we wonder will they decide some of the top 10 places by the end of the rally, watch this space.

What we have so far, and what Angus Sealy has posted as the provisional overnight leaderboard

Results for the Main Field category

O/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos SS9 Road Total Diff 1st Diff Prev
1 (+1) 1 James M Stafford/Jeff Case Darrian T90 GTR 14 O/A 4:38.9 0:00 52:34.1
2 (-1) 6 Andrew Purcell/Liam Brennan Ford Fiesta 5 O/A 4:55.2 0:00 52:38.3 0:04.2 0:04.2
3 (+2) 5 Stephen McCann/Damien Fleming Ford Fiesta R5 5 O/A 4:50.8 0:00 54:08.6 1:34.5 1:30.3
4 (=) 9 Richard Moffett/Martin Connolly Toyota Starlet RWD 14 1 5:13.1 0:00 54:10.4 1:36.3 0:01.8
5 (+2) 8 Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird Ford Escort RS Mk2 14 2 4:50.2 0:00 54:49.2 2:15.1 0:38.8
6 (=) 4 Richard Moore/John McGrath Ford Escort Mk2 14 3 4:54.4 0:00 54:52.3 2:18.2 0:03.1
7 (+2) 16 Leon Galvin/Ger Foley Ford Escort Mk2 13 1 4:55.4 0:00 54:59.4 2:25.3 0:07.1
8 (=) 101 Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhilips Ford Escort Mk2 14 4 4:59.0 0:00 55:00.8 2:26.7 0:01.4
9 (+2) 7 Tomas O’Rourke/Tomas Scallan Hyundai I20 R5 5 1 4:57.9 0:00 55:13.0 2:38.9 0:12.2
10 (+2) 17 Darren O’Brien/Eamonn Creedon Honda Civic 13 2 5:07.1 0:00 55:25.2 2:51.1 0:12.2
11 (+3) 21 John Reddington/Kenny Bustard Ford Fiesta 20 1 5:00.0 0:00 56:06.2 3:32.1 0:41.0
12 (+1) 11 Paul Rowley/Darragh Mullen Ford Fiesta 5 2 5:04.6 0:00 56:10.8 3:36.7 0:04.6
13 (+2) 26 Justin Smyth/James McEneaney Ford Escort Mk2 12 1 5:05.5 0:00 56:18.4 3:44.3 0:07.6
14 (+2) 23 Adrian Evans/Martin Henry Ford Escort Mk2 14 5 5:05.5 0:00 56:38.5 4:04.4 0:20.1
15 (+2) 22 James Bradley/David Byrne Ford Escort 12 2 5:12.9 0:00 57:08.6 4:34.5 0:30.1
16 (+2) 33 Alan Nesbitt/Rodney Hughes Ford Escort 14 6 5:14.6 0:00 57:36.8 5:02.7 0:28.2
17 (+2) 29 John Boland/William Treacy Ford Escort Mk2 12 3 5:10.4 0:00 57:42.6 5:08.5 0:05.8
18 (+3) 30 Conor Moore/Leo Tector Ford Escort Mk2 14 7 5:13.8 0:00 58:18.0 5:43.9 0:35.4
19 (+3) 20 Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs Proton Millington 20 2 5:19.6 0:00 58:32.1 5:58.0 0:14.1
20 (+3) 35 Eoin Duffin/Mike Cleary Ford Escort Mk2 14 8 5:15.5 0:00 58:38.3 6:04.2 0:06.2
21 (+3) 53 Andy Nash/Dan Nash Honda Civic Vtec 11F 1 5:16.9 0:00 58:49.4 6:15.3 0:11.1
22 (+4) 55 Barry Murphy/Mikie Maher Subaru N14 20 3 5:19.5 0:00 59:16.5 6:42.4 0:27.1
23 (+2) 36 Bobby Hennessy/Darragh Smyth Honda EG6 13 3 5:29.4 0:00 59:22.0 6:47.9 0:05.5
24 (+4) 56 Tommy Kelly/Andy Firman Ford Escort Mk2 11R 1 5:19.7 0:00 59:31.8 6:57.7 0:09.8
25 (+5) 34 Paschal O’Shea/Robert Hennessy BMW 325 14 9 5:24.8 0:00 59:47.6 7:13.5 0:15.8
26 (+5) 39 JT Warnock/Kieran Rafter Ford Escort 13 4 5:24.9 0:00 59:48.9 7:14.8 0:01.3
27 (+5) 46 Sam Stewart/Stephen Peoples Ford Escort Mk2 11R 2 5:22.8 0:00 59:51.2 7:17.1 0:02.3
28 (+6) 51 John O’Rourke/Brian Commons Opel Corsa 12 4 5:22.8 0:00 59:54.7 7:20.6 0:03.5
29 (+4) 69 Shane Murray/Gary Hade Ford Escort 13 5 5:24.8 0:00 59:54.7 7:20.6
30 (-3) 43 Tommy Foley/David Doyle Honda Civic 11F 2 5:50.7 0:00 59:56.5 7:22.4 0:01.8
31 (+4) 95 Kieran O’Kane/Barry McGleenon Opel Ascona 14 10 5:17.0 0:00 1:00:01.0 7:26.9 0:04.5
32 (+4) 49 Richie Dalton/Ger Brett Subaru Impreza N11 4 1 5:26.3 0:00 1:00:22.3 7:48.2 0:21.3
33 (+4) 41 William Nolan/Shane O’Mahony Toyota Corolla Twin Cam 11R 3 5:25.8 0:00 1:00:22.6 7:48.5 0:00.3
34 (+4) 57 Mark Hayden/Peter Ryan Ford Escort Mk2 13 6 5:50.4 0:00 1:00:54.6 8:20.5 0:32.0
35 (+4) 45 Tony Canny/Joe O’Brien Ford Escort Mk2 13 7 5:24.9 0:00 1:01:05.2 8:31.1 0:10.6
36 (+4) 63 Ken Power/Andrew McCormack Peugeot 106 GTi 11F 3 5:38.6 0:00 1:01:24.3 8:50.2 0:19.1
37 (+4) 97 Darragh Rafferty/Aoife Rafferty Peugeot 208 2 1 5:38.6 0:00 1:01:46.2 9:12.1 0:21.9
38 (+4) 58 Kenny O’Brien/Gavin Croke Vauxhall Nova 9A 1 5:42.4 0:00 1:02:05.5 9:31.4 0:19.3
39 (+4) 102 Paul Dowling/Myles Redmond Peugeot 106 GTi 11F 4 5:42.1 0:00 1:02:27.7 9:53.6 0:22.2
40 (+5) 73 Peter Keohane/Brian Keohane Peugeot 106 GTi 1 1 5:35.2 0:00 1:02:29.5 9:55.4 0:01.8
41 (+3) 60 James Boland/John McCay Ford Fiesta 2 2 5:47.3 0:00 1:02:33.4 9:59.3 0:03.9
42 (+4) 68 Anthony Roche/Tomas Delaney Toyota Starlet 13 8 5:35.7 0:00 1:02:35.2 10:01.1 0:01.8
43 (+4) 74 Sean Kenny/William Lynch Honda Civic EK4 1 2 5:41.0 0:00 1:02:45.4 10:11.3 0:10.2
44 (+4) 64 Shane Curry/Sharon Nolan Citroen C2 R2 2 3 5:45.3 0:00 1:02:59.0 10:24.9 0:13.6
45 (+4) 47 John Pettit/Michael Coleman Ford Escort Mk2 11R 4 5:51.1 0:00 1:03:09.1 10:35.0 0:10.1
46 (+4) 61 Denis Maher/JP Ruth Honda Civic 2 4 6:18.6 0:00 1:03:51.8 11:17.7 0:42.7
47 (+4) 76 Ryan Brennan/Nigel Brennan Honda Civic 1.6VTI 1 3 5:46.7 0:00 1:03:55.3 11:21.2 0:03.5
48 (+4) 75 Graham Bradley/Gary Bradley Honda Civic 11F 5 5:54.1 0:00 1:04:06.8 11:32.7 0:11.5
49 (+4) 71 Ger Kelly/Des Curtis Peugeot 205 GTi 10 1 5:58.6 0:00 1:05:17.4 12:43.3 1:10.6
50 (+4) 78 Iain Morris/Neville Hudd Ford Escort Mk2 13 9 6:00.0 0:00 1:05:25.0 12:50.9 0:07.6
51 (+4) 65 Ollie McPhillips/Billy Collins Honda Civic 2 5 5:58.9 0:00 1:05:27.1 12:53.0 0:02.1
52 (+4) 67 Fran Kinsella/Stephen McElroy Vauxhall Nova 10 2 5:52.8 0:00 1:05:44.3 13:10.2 0:17.2
53 (+5) 89 Paul Quinlan/Sean Lambert Ford Fiesta Mark 1 12 5 5:49.1 1:30 1:06:32.0 13:57.9 0:47.7
54 (+6) 90 Neil Harrison/Simon May Ford Puma 9A 2 6:10.9 0:00 1:07:13.5 14:39.4 0:41.5
55 (+4) 82 Padraig Gorman/Shane Gorman Toyota Starlet RWD 10 3 6:15.5 0:00 1:07:13.5 14:39.4
56 (+5) 99 Paul McConnell/Kevin Cogan Honda EK9 11F 6 6:08.1 0:00 1:07:53.0 15:18.9 0:39.5
57 (+5) 77 Brendan Furlong/Jack Harris Peugeot 205 GTi 10 4 6:11.3 0:30 1:08:15.2 15:41.1 0:22.2
58 (+5) 86 Joey Leacy/Michael Leacy Ford Escort 11R 5 6:04.9 0:00 1:09:08.0 16:33.9 0:52.8
59 (+5) 28 Neil Tohill/Gerard Tohill Mitsubishi Evo 10 4 2 5:31.6 0:45 1:11:25.8 18:51.7 2:17.8
60 (-40) 27 Aled Davies/Jason Davies Ford Escort Mk2 13 10 18:39.1 0:45 1:12:25.3 19:51.2 0:59.5
61 (+4) 100 Kenneth Murphy/Patrick Kelly Honda Civic 9A 3 6:29.9 0:00 1:13:02.1 20:28.0 0:36.8
62 (+4) 91 John Barry/Eddie Byrne Austin Mini 9 1 6:50.8 0:00 1:14:34.6 22:00.5 1:32.5
63 (+4) 93 Martin O’Dowd/Shane O’Dowd Talbot Sunbeam 10 5 6:29.5 0:00 1:15:35.1 23:01.0 1:00.5
64 (-35) 52 Mark O’Connor/Dean Kelly Ford Escort Mk2 11R 6 20:16.5 1:15 1:15:52.3 23:18.2 0:17.2
65 (+3) 79R Pierce Snr Doheny/Eilish Dunne Opel Corsa 10 6 6:27.8 0:00 1:23:57.8 31:23.7 8:05.5
66 (+3) 83R Owen Cardiff/Dermot Roche Vauxhall Nova 9A 4 5:56.0 0:00 1:24:45.0 32:10.9 0:47.2
67 (+4) 59R Andrew Leacy/Andrew Curran Darrian T9 13 11 5:23.4 0:00 1:31:42.9 39:08.8 6:57.9
68 (+2) 81R George Leech/Conor Flynn Opel Corsa 10 7 6:26.8 0:00 1:32:22.9 39:48.8 0:40.0

Results for the Historic category

O/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos SS9 Road Total Diff 1st Diff Prev
1 (=) 19 Neil Williams/Anthony O’Sullivan Ford Escort 18 1 5:12.4 0:00 56:31.6
2 (=) 66 Ian Davies/Wyn Thomas BMW BMW M3 19 1 5:53.0 0:00 1:03:47.6 7:16.0 7:16.0
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