McCLOSKEY BACK ON BLACK Connor McCloskey and Robbie Durant continue their 2007 double championship campaign with the Jim Clark International Rally this weekend. The classic asphalt event is the second round of the British Rally Championship...
McCLOSKEY BACK ON BLACK
Connor McCloskey and Robbie Durant continue their 2007 double championship campaign with the Jim Clark International Rally this weekend.
The classic asphalt event is the second round of the British Rally Championship (BRC) and comes immediately after the previous Evo Challenge round on the Isle of Man, also on the black stuff. Connor's recent experience on Manx asphalt should stand him in good stead, as the previous BRC event was over a month ago and on gravel, but the young Northern Irish driver will have to push hard against tough opposition.
"I've done the Jim Clark a couple of times now and it is always an enjoyable rally." said Connor, "But the competition in the Championship is tough with three former Champions and drivers like Guy Wilks and Phil Morrow to try and stay with."
The closed road event is unique in mainland UK rallying and the changeable weather will be a stern test for the team. "It is great that everyone is on Pirelli tyres now, but the choice of compound, wet, dry or intermediate is always critical on the Jim Clark." explained Connor, "The weather can change in an instant and you don't want to be stuck on slicks in the rain."
Following a shakedown stage on Thursday and two spectator stages on Friday evening the real action begins in the pleasant countryside around Duns in Berwickshire. Returning to the finish in Kelso after 160 miles of stages on Saturday and Sunday will reveal the result of the first of three tarmac rallies in a row for Connor and the Egger team.
-credit: geoff mayes