Down Rally: McGarrity and McGeehan’s Entry Uncertain

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under R 9: Down Rally, Rally News

(Image: Roy Dempster) Derek McGarrity could be crowned Carryduff Forklift MSA N.I. Stage Rally Champion for the fourth time even before this weekend’s Down Rally gets underway after title rival Derek McGeehan revealed on Monday that his entry to the final round of this year’s series is far from certain.

“I’m not sure if I’ll be there or not,” McGeehan revealed from his Draperstown base. “I’m not going back out in the Corolla so I’m hoping to get the Mini sorted in time. It’s currently in England getting the engine rebuilt but they had trouble getting parts so it has taken a bit longer than expected.”

“I don’t think the stages would really suit the Mini,” he added. “From what I’ve seen they’re quite narrow. The Mini is 40-50mm wider than a Subaru which would make it really difficult. I haven’t submitted an entry yet but we’ll see.”

McGeehan is the only driver capable of snatching the 2013 championship title from McGarrity’s grasp. McGarrity is the reigning champion and the points tables show that he leads by four points. But with dropped scores set to come into play, his lead is more comfortable than it might first appear.

Rules state that competitors must only count their best six scores towards their overall points tally. McGarrity has only scored on five events while McGeehan already has six to his name. That means that even if the chasing McGeehan was to win this Saturday’s event, he would only increase his tally by five points.

Even that wouldn’t guarantee the title as he also needs McGarrity to fail to score a single point. However, championship leader McGarrity is another driver who has yet to confirm his entry for Saturday’s rally, making McGeehan’s chances appear that little bit more realistic.

Even if neither driver makes the start line, it won’t detract from what will be an exciting adrenaline-fuelled day in the County Down forests. Former winners Kenny McKinstry and Kenny Hull are among the top seeds entered so far, and with a variety of rally cars set to do battle on the stages, it will be an exciting spectacle for spectators.

The first car is due to leave the start ramp shortly after 10am on Saturday. From there competitors will tackle seven stages, all located in the forests in the surrounding area, with service based in Castlewellan Forest Park. Entry for spectators to the forests and the service area is free.

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