2000 – Murmur Chapter 5

Provisional Leaderboard after 8 (of 18) Special Stages:

1   Callum Duffy/Hugh Duffy (Mitsubishi Lancer)   1hr 9m 40s
2   Neil MacKinnon/Mike Stayte (Subaru Impreza)   1hr 9m 45s
3   Andy Knight/Graeme Noble (Ford Escort RS2000)   1hr 12m 4s
4   Daniel Harper/Daniel Barritt (Vauxhall Astra)   1hr 13m 16s
5   Eddie O'Donnell/Billy McClymont (Ford Escort)   1hr 13m 55s
6   John Cressey/Ian Grindrod (Vauxhall Astra)   1hr 14m 31s

Well, it's all go again, but at least it's daylight, that means they can see the rain! I don't know how the first three stages have gone apart from the times above but I'll pick up the gossip and stories later … but here's some gossip from Tob this morning … I first encountered Jo Tooze who co-drives for husband Chris in the wee Peugeot and she says, "I'd love some water, I'm really parched". Well ghast my flabber, where the hell was she last night, there was that much watter oan the island it nearly sunk … further down the field at 135 (you meet a nicer class of people there) is Donna Ingram and Louise Thomas. Donna used to co-drive for Dougie Ingram but this is her first time as a driver while Louise Thomas is having her first run as a co-driver, but as long as Louise learns nothing from her Dad she'll be fine. But they are both taking this 31st Philips Tour of Mull Rally very seriously, they have their lipsticks taped to the top of the dashboard … Craig Dykes is having a good run this year, Dermot Common was faster than him last year but he's caught him twice this year and passed him, the second time when Dermot spun off at Calgary, but Dermot gave him a cheery wave … Robin Hamilton is well off the pace, he just can't stop the Metro misting up … Steven Clarke had a bad night he kept catching cars then on the penultimate test the gear linkage broke and he did the final stage jammed in 4th gear but Grandpa Clark has got it fixed amidst much cursing and invention … Fred MacLean couldn't get over the Philips Start Ramp on this afternoon' re-start, the Escort coulnd't muster sufficient pech to make the gradient, so he drove round it … And finally, a plea, from Ian Barclay in Peugeot 205 number 123. Last night he fell off the road at Dervaig and a big band of drookit spectators lifted him back on but he left his exhaust behind. He urgently needs it, if anyone finds it, call MacGochans and leave a message or phone Ian's mobile 0498 935917, or he might not re-start to-night.

LATE NEWS: Neil MacKinnon off in SS8, front end damage to Subaru, still going? … Dougi Hall rolled in SS6 at Monument, out? We think so … Eddie O'Donnell in trouble, petrol pipe off … remember leaderboard very provisional.

That's yer lot meantime, more later. Yer auld pal, Jaggy Bunnet, Mull Pottery, Saturday afternoon.

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