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By Juan Cregeen
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Isle of Man based Rally Co-driver Rob Fagg heads across the Irish Sea once again this weekend, but this time to Ireland and not the UK, where he will contest the Monaghan Stages on Sunday.

Backed once again in 2011 by Robert Graham & Co Quantity Surveyors, he will team up with John Stone in his CA1 Sport prepared and run Skoda Fabia WRC. This will be only the pair’s second event together, the first being back in February when they teamed up to contest the Chris Kelly Memorial Stages on the Isle of Man.  It was an event they would eventually take third place on, following a fraught opening leg which almost claimed the crew as early as the third stage as they battled the islands unpredictable weather conditions.

Stone’s main aim for the event is to get further mileage under his belt ahead of the second round of the REIS MSA Asphalt Championship which he is contesting this year, an event which also takes place on the Isle of Man in early May.

Stone’s usual co-driver for that series, the experienced Patrick Walsh, was unable to commit to the trip to Monaghan, allowing for Stone to call upon the service of Cannon Tech (Scotland) supported Fagg. The opportunity to compete with Stone again in the Legends Fires-backed Fabia was one Rob was keen not to pass on.

“John called me up and asked if I would be free to do the event and a quick check of the calendar showed I had no commitments that weekend so it was an easy response” commented Rob, “John and I got on well in and out of the car back in February, the CA1 Sport team are easy to work with and the Skoda is a fantastic car to sit in so I am very much looking forward to the weekend.”

The event may not be until Sunday, but it’s a Friday rendezvous for  Rob and John in Dublin, heading on to Monaghan in good time for

the important stage reconnaissance the following day. Although the event may only consist of three stages, which the crews will tackle three times each, they do total 57km (36miles) per loop. The recce period will allow John and Rob to work together to produce the pace notes they will commit to during Sunday.

Such is the high standard of the 140 car entry; John and Rob are seeded at number 25, just one ahead of MSA Asphalt Championship rivals Mark Jasper and Don Wyatt. That pairing are using the event for the same purpose as Stone in their Hyundai Accent WRC.

Leading the crews away will be Niall Mcguire/Edna Sherry in the first of three Subaru Impreza WRCs at the head of the field. At number two is current Irish Tarmac Championship leader Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely followed by Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally. Former multiple Irish Tarmac Champion Derek McGarrity was due to start at four but he has subsequently withdrawn, while Robert Barrable faces a race against time to get the engine back for his Skoda S2000.

Proceedings will get under way from the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan at 9.10 with crews due back in service from the first loop around noon. They will then head back out for the second run before retuning approximately 15.00 after which they will tackle the final loop reaching the finish just before 18.00 back at the Hillgrove Hotel. Progress of the event can be followed at http://results.shannonsportsit.ie/

This weekend marks the start of a busy few weeks for Rob who will contest three events in the next four weeks. Following this weekend he will enjoy a weekend away from the stages before heading to Carlisle to contest the Pirelli International Rally on April 29th – 30th when he and Nick Cristofaro will continue there Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship campaign in the Ford Fiesta ST. Next up the weekend after is Rob’s home round of the REIS MSA Asphalt Championship, the Manx Telecom Rally, an event he will contest with Stephen Simpson in his Subaru Impreza S12.

Rob is supported in 2011 by Cannon Tech. (Scotland) Ltd (www.cannontech.co.uk), Robert Graham & Co Quantity Surveyors, Synergy IT (www.synergyit.co.im), Cable Design Services (www.cdsl.net), Holton Homes (www.holtonhomes.co.uk), Nicky Grist Motorsport (www.nickygrist.com) and Fastime Stopwatches (www.astopwatch.com)