REID MOTORSPORT ATTYRE FOR ULSTER INTERNATIONAL! The Reid Motorsport team gathered at Kerr's Tyres, Antrim depot to collect their BF Goodrich rubber for the Ulster International Rally. It's round seven of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship,...
REID MOTORSPORT ATTYRE FOR ULSTER INTERNATIONAL!
The Reid Motorsport team gathered at Kerr's Tyres, Antrim depot to collect their BF Goodrich rubber for the Ulster International Rally. It's round seven of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, which starts in Armagh this coming Friday. Reid team leader Eugene Donnelly is currently leading the Irish Tarmac Championship, after victories on the Jim Clark and Manx rounds and a win on the Ulster would leave things a lot easier for the last round in Cork where points and a half are awarded. "I am looking forward to the Ulster. We had a very productive test in the Sperrins last Friday with the engine and gearbox just back from a major Prodrive rebuild. We tried the 77M BF Goodrich tyre for the first time in the warmer, dry conditions and it was superb, but we really don't know what the weather has in store for us next weekend. Judging by our summer so far it could be anything! On the Manx I had a problem with handbrake turns, and we stalled several times on the stages which was really rather embarrassing. The crew thought it was just driver error, but on the test the same thing was occurring and we found that the front differential was locking up slightly when the handbrake was applied, so the differentials were reset to sort this, so there will be no excuses at tight junctions on the Ulster!" With Mark Higgins having to resort to a Group N machine once more this should give Eugene an advantage in the points race, although it's not the way he wants to win a rally series. "I really wish Mark could have contested all the rounds in a World Rally Car, as if I win the championship, I want to win it fairly. At least we have the bonus of Kris Meeke out in Mark's World Car on the Ulster, and Kris will be very fast, as he proved in Killarney."
On the run up to this rally the rally rumor mill has been flying, and with Eugene's S12 Subaru for sale on the Prodrive website, the rumors took off. "To be honest I have been hearing a lot of rumors about me and the team recently, and the fact is the team is getting stronger. The S12 is up for sale, but that is only because we plan to upgrade to the S12B Subaru when it is available, and event by event the Reid Motorsport team is developing We are still planning our Rally Ireland attack also and I'm very much looking forward to that."
Eugene will be the first to slide off the Armagh start ramp at 3.45pm on Friday, with James Cullen in the first of the Reid Group N Lancers at number 26, and Sean Reid at number 43. James still has an outside chance of the Irish Tarmac Group N title, so there is a lot to play for in the Reid Motorsport team.