Steve Wood has pulled another 9″ out of Meirion Evans after the second spin around the Shanbo test, but whatever John Dalton’s crew did to the Darrian in service has paid off, either that or the tyre choice he had talked to me about. He came within 1.4″ of the time of the grippier and more powerful Subaru. The long straightish start to the stage must have fallen right into his hands. Gary Kiernan and Frank Kelly were also faster on that pass than Evans and a repeat of this on SS5 would see Dalton and Kiernan move above Evans in the overall standings and have Kelly breathing hard down his neck.

Richard Moore is doing his home rally proud, prowling just behind the top 5 and James Bradley is flying the purple and gold well just outside the top 10.

What we have so far after SS4

O/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos SS4 Road Total Diff 1st Diff Prev
1 (=) 1 Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty Subaru Impreza S11 7 O/A 5:12.2 0:00 22:43.8
2 (=) 8 Meirion Evans/Jonathan Jackson Hyundai I20 R5 5 O/A 5:21.1 0:00 23:15.8 0:32.0 0:32.0
3 (+1) 4 John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones Darrian T90 GTR 14 O/A 5:13.6 0:00 23:18.3 0:34.5 0:02.5
4 (-1) 3 Gary Kiernan/Darren O’Brien Ford Escort 14 1 5:17.7 0:00 23:19.8 0:36.0 0:01.5
5 (=) 5 Frank Kelly/John McGrath Ford Escort 14 2 5:20.8 0:00 23:38.0 0:54.2 0:18.2
6 (=) 10 Tomas Davies/Eurig Davies Ford Escort Mk2 14 3 5:33.1 0:00 24:17.3 1:33.5 0:39.3
7 (=) 11 Richard Moore/Brian Halligan Ford Escort Mk2 14 4 5:34.5 0:00 24:26.1 1:42.3 0:08.8
8 (=) 9 Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird Ford Escort RS Mk2 14 5 5:32.1 0:00 24:28.3 1:44.5 0:02.2
9 (+1) 24 Paul Rowley/Daragh Mullen Ford Fiesta R5 5 1 5:30.2 0:00 24:33.6 1:49.8 0:05.3
10 (+5) 16 Adrian Evans/Martin Henry Ford Escort 14 6 5:31.3 0:00 24:58.4 2:14.6 0:24.8
11 (+7) 7 Mark Straker/Michael Coady Darrian T90 GT ‘R5’ 14 7 5:36.4 0:00 25:08.2 2:24.4 0:09.8
12 (+7) 15 James Bradley/Maria Kehoe Honda Civic 11F 1 5:39.8 0:00 25:12.0 2:28.2 0:03.8
13 (+8) 12 Simon Chapman/Neil Colman Proton Millington 20 1 5:44.0 0:00 25:25.0 2:41.2 0:13.0
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