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Evans leads the charge after Day 1 at the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally 2016

Evans leads the charge after Day 1 at the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally 2016

After an action packed first day on the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally, which seen crews challenged by the wet and slippery conditions, Elfyn Evans goes to bed with a slender 4.5 second lead over Cork man, Keith Cronin.

uploads/jpg/1471685733  IMG 2105.JPGHolding a tight third position is Johnny Greer in his Citroen DS3 with David Bogie in his Skoda Fabia, just one second behind.

uploads/jpg/1471684643  IMG 2103.JPGEarly rally leader Alastair Fisher dominated the first loop of stages but a puncture on Stage 4 dropped him down the leader board. He now goes into leg two in fifth place, 43 seconds in arrears with eight stages to try and claw back the time loss tomorrow.

Swede, Fredrick Ahlin did well in his first appearance in the Ulster, taking one stage win to finish the first day in sixth place overall. However, a bad choice of tyres in the changeable weather conditions for the Moffett brothers and Desi Henry has left them struggling in seventh, eighth and ninth. Riding out the top ten is Marty McCormack in the Skoda Fabia.

Past Ulster winner, Garry Jennings has a lot of work to do tomorrow as he’s ending the day on 18th position after brake problems on the second loop. In the two wheel drive battle, Chris Armstrong leads Camillus Bradley by 6 seconds ahead of Saturday’s batch of stages in and around the Sperrin Mountains.

Michael Dunlop was thrown into the deep end today with the weather conditions but turned in a strong performance to finish the first day, second in his class. Event sponsor, John Mulholland also made steady progress in his Skoda Fabia S2000 to finish the day 22nd overall.

Events kick off in the morning at 7am with the first car on Stage 7 at 7.37am. The day with finish with a ceremonial finish at Ebrington Square at 6pm.

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