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Waring radiates his contentment before tackling the Sperrins

John Waring might have thought the good fortune which saw him snatch victory in the final moments of the Circuit of Ireland national rally at Easter had run out.

Taking part in the annual May Day rallysprint at St Angelo airfield, Waring was well into the top six when he saw the engine temperature of his Ford Escort soar into the red.

Suspecting a blown headgasket, and with his next scheduled appearance on this weekend’s TNR Tour of the Sperrins just a few days away, Waring withdrew and headed home to Dromore fearing the worst.

But he now reports: “It was nothing more serious than a faulty radiator cap.

“The car is fine again.”

So Waring, who was handed a last-gasp win at Easter when leader Kenny McKinstry’s Subaru caught fire on the final stage, will take his place in the Sperrins line-up which is headed by Circuit of Ireland international winner Derek McGarrity.

Raymond Johnston (Mitsubishi) and George Robinson (Subaru), who finished one and two at St Angelo, will also be in action for an event which is round four of the Hankook Northern Ireland championship.

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Starting from Maghera on Saturday morning (10am), it will feature six tarmac stages.

Top of the entry list: 1 Derek McGarrity (Subaru), 2 Donagh Kelly (Ford Focus), 3 Declan McNaughton (Ford Escort), 4 Camillus Bradley (Ford Escort), 5 Raymond Johnston (Mitsubishi), 6 George Robinson (Subaru), 7 Adrian Hetherington (Ford Escort), 8 Seamus O’Connell (Ford Escort), 9 John Waring (Ford Escort), 10 David Armstrong (Ford Escort).

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