The penultimate round of the NI Championship would be the Down stages rally and there would be a number of local representatives on the event. Damien Mc Cabe would find himself in the hot seat with local ace Keith White in the sublime mk1 escort complete with a 2.4 Millington engine which makes upwards of 320 horse power. The torrential downpours that greeted the crews that morning would put a lot of people off driving to the shops never mind blast down a narrow road on race tyres as proven by fellow club member Wesley Patterson when he aquaplaned off the road and out of the event on the second stage of the day following in the same faith would be Andrew Wedlock who was navigating for Niall Turley in their Subaru when they were also caught out and left the road on stage 5. For White and Mc Cabe they would settle into a measured and steady approach taking no big risks and making sure that they would get through the opening two stages in one piece. After first service the confidence levels were high and the push was on for the mk1 pairing as they would climb up the leader board from 27th overall up to 9th overall and the class win at the end of a testing day for both man and machine in monsoon like conditions at times.