McCLOSKEY MAKES ULSTER DEBUT Connor McCloskey will be rejoined by 2005 co-driver Damien Duffin for his first attempt at the Ulster International Rally this weekend. The reunited pair will pick up where they left off with the recce ...
McCLOSKEY MAKES ULSTER DEBUT
Connor McCloskey will be rejoined by 2005 co-driver Damien Duffin for his first attempt at the Ulster International Rally this weekend.
The reunited pair will pick up where they left off with the recce on Thursday, after over half a season apart. "It is great to have Damien back in the car," smiled Connor, "and it is great to do an event that is practically on my doorstep. Armagh is just over an hour away from my home in Kilrea so we will be fresh for both the recce and the rally."
Connor will test the car on Wednesday to ensure the settings for wet weather are spot-on, predicting a slippery rally after torrential rain for several days. "I've never done Ulster before," explained Connor, "so it would be nice to be prepared and hit the ground running. I am taking the same approach as last time on the Jim Clark; make sure I get to the finish and score points in the Evo Challenge. If we stay out of trouble in the forecasted conditions, it should be possible to score well."
Like the Jim Clark, the Ulster is critical as it counts towards both British and Irish Rally Championships. It is also an event that attracts crews from both sides of the Irish border, boosting the entry and making it ultra competitive.
The rally is based around a central service area at the Armagh City Hotel and covers 125 tarmac miles on the first Friday and Saturday of September. Spectator numbers are always high on the well-liked event and they will be further swelled by Connor's home crowd.