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Cochrane finishes despite alternator problems

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Cochrane finishes despite alternator problems thumbnailAlastair Cochrane made it to the finish despite encountering trouble on the final stage.

Bushmills' Alastair Cochrane's hopes of repeating his best ever performance on the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally were dashed over the closing miles when the alternator in his Ford Escort began to fail.
In fact, he was 'lucky' to complete it at all, according to team-mate Gary McElhinney. A spin and an overshoot earlier in the day were followed with electrical issues on the last stage - with this run in the dark. With no charge going to the battery it meant the spot lamps on Cochrane's Ford Escort were giving out no light, while the windscreen wipers refused to work with the rain coming down.
“We were very lucky to make it to the finish," McElhinney told Chronicle Sport. "The rain added to our problems and meant we really struggled to see where we were going. We would have settled for ninth at the start of the rally but we were aiming for eighth and would have taken it comfortably had the alternator not failed. We lost twenty or thirty seconds because of it. It's very annoying but ninth overall and third in class is a very respectable result. All the big hitters were out, so we are happy."

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