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SONY DSCAnother trip to the Emerald Isle and glorious weather for the 2013 ALMC Stages Rally. With Asphalt championship regulars making up most of the top ten it looked like English and Welsh crews would be dominating the overall results. Damien Cole & James Morgan (Focus WRC) led after loop 1 by just 2 seconds from Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) with Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) a second further back. With the stages repeated Bird took the lead after SS6 by 1 second from Cole with Simpson 5 seconds further back. Then going in to the final stage the gap remained the same between the top two with Simpson slipping back and it took a stellar final stage from Bird to secure a maiden Irish victory by 6 seconds from Cole. Simpson was a further 15 seconds back by the end of the event.

In the 2WD battle Simon Mauger & Brian Cammack (Escort MkII) saw off the local competition to take 7th overall and the class victory by just under half a minute. Trevor Mulligan & Declan Smith (Escort MkII) were 2nd and 8th overall with Washington James & Paul Williams (Darrian T90 GTR) just over half a minute further back. In the Junior rally Gary & Breen McNamee (Civic) took a comfortable win after a high attrition rate saw only 2 finishers. In the Historics John Reid & Eanna O’Siadhail (Escort MkII) took an easy victory.

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