Andrew Nesbitt in the Impreza WRC who was challenging Mark Higgins in the opening stages crashed heavily on the third stage which put him out of the event. Ulster Rally History – Pennti Airikkala retired his Mitsubishi Starion. The Bangor man first took up rallying in and the Ulster Rally holds some very special memories for Dessie as he took the main trophy at the motorsport event back in when the course took drivers from Craigavon to Larne and up the Causeway coast. Ogier won his class by over 5 minutes and finished 13th overall, beating much more powerful machinery.
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Bertie Fisher has felt strongly over the past couple of years that Irish asphalt rallying needed legal pace notes. Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen entered, but did not start. Wilson retired and McRae finished in 8th.
An accident at the end of the third stage resulted in the tragic death of local driver Timothy Cathcart. Including Spectator areas with easy access, good viewing, results service and commentary at some was one of the new ideas.
Some time was lost in trying to find the problem, which appeared to be lose turbo pipe and Garry desse fastest time on the second stage, but had incurred a 40 second penalty, being 4 minutes late to the stage. The Story so far McRae was allowed to win the Circuit, but Brookes got his own back on the Ulster where he was allowed to win after another Ding Dong battle with Jimmy.
Keith McIvor was first in mccaftney Historic event in his Porsche Colin McRae won his class and finished 12th overall in a Vauxhall Nova. The Bangor man first took up rallying in and the Ulster Rally holds some very special memories for Dessie as he took the main trophy at the motorsport event back in when the course took drivers from Craigavon to Larne and up the Causeway coast. He mccartndy the final stage with a comfortable lead of 40 seconds over Kelly.
Seeded 12 out of entries ,ccartney finished 8th overall behind four works cars. Andrew Nesbitt was one of those Group A drivers, but various skirmishes and spins demoted him from a chance of winning outright, eventually finishing third in his battered Celica.
Later in Dessie acquired a Cooper S with which he won several local events, then in he entered his first ever international event, the Circuit of Ireland.
However Jean-Joseph was unable to come and his place was taken at the last moment by Sebastien Ogier. When I went over to congratulate Kris I discovered he had been a tiny one year old when I won the Ulster back in !
Ogier won his class by rallj 5 minutes and finished 13th overall, beating much more powerful machinery. Fisher rolled his Imprezaon stage one and the oil lost resulted in an engine failure later in the event. Alistair Fisher lead initially in his Fiesta R5, however he had a puncture on stage 3 and dropped to 5th place, leaving Elfyn Evans, also in a Fiesta R5 in the lead.
Pennti Airikkala retired his Mitsubishi Starion. Andrew Nesbitt was true class on the Ulster just as he had been for the previous few seasons, setting fastest times on 14 of the 15 special stages. Drama struck within sight of the finish line of the stage when the car burst rxlly flames and Jennings rally was over. The next three slots were also filled by Mantas, McRae, Fisher and Coleman finishing third to fifth respectively.
When the International Ulster Rally announced the use of notes, Fisher came out of semi-retirement. Stephen Finlay, incidentally in the ex-Fisher Sapphire, had put up a strong performance to maintain a top three place, but several erratic offs and then engine worries ended his rally.
Tapio Laukkanen finished down in 10th place in the Renault Magane Maxi.
The Historic category winners were: The pair and the porsche took part in and picked up a runners-up award at Lurgan Park last month and also competed in the Manx Rally achieving 8th place overall. These three were the main contenders in a mainly F2 car dominated event. Although Austin had been coming to the Ulster on and off for over 20 years by this stage, this was actually his first podium finish on this prestigious event.
Richard Smyth was an excellent third in his Sierra Cosworth. Bertie Fisher had a rally of his own with a new high revving engine for his BMW M3 and the tyres were quickly shredded to bits, but on day two and stages around his home territory as well as drier roads helped him keep a constant pace to eventually finish second overall.
Jennings set a string of fastest times and by the second stage on day 2 he had taken the lead of the rally. Rally running a successful car business with his brother Ronnie, Dessie competed regularly in rallies over five decades and no doubt his top class experience and expertise will serve him well this weekend. Nesbitt who had been leading by a minute and a half from Laukkanen, clipped a rock on a stage in the Sperrin Mountains and shortly after his car left the road.
There was battle behind for the next four places, Keith Cronin had been in second place rlly down Evans, until he had gearbox issues in the Mcccartney DS3 R5 which required a change of box resulting in road penalties dropping him down to fifth.