Fisher Flies Once More on Ulster International Rally! 21 year old Alastair Fisher followed up his third place on the Rally Isle Of Man, with a superb second place amongst the British Championship regulars on the weekend's Ulster International ...
Fisher Flies Once More on Ulster International Rally!
21 year old Alastair Fisher followed up his third place on the Rally Isle Of Man, with a superb second place amongst the British Championship regulars on the weekend's Ulster International Rally. For Alastair, co- driver Rory Kennedy and the Pro-Tec/McGarrity Motorsport team it was a flawless weekend, with no dramas with the car, and not a mark on the Group N Mitsubishi Evo 9, as they finished 6th overall in the rally, the third of the Group N cars home, behind two former British Rally Champions, Gwyndaf Evans and Mark Higgins. However as Gwyndaf was not BRC registered it leaves Alastair taking 2nd place BRC points.
The event went well right from stage one, Tardree on the outskirts of the rallies new base in Antrim. "The first stage was very slippery. Even though we were only the tenth car on the road, there was a lot of mud pulled out onto the road. We choose a cut slick which wasn't a bad choice for the loop of stages, and on stage one we had a good time, and I was happy." Onto the famous Glendun and Torr Head stages near Cushendun, and Alastair kept up his consistent, fast pace, a pace that had brought him consistently within a second a mile of the top Group N times set by Keith Cronin, Mark Higgins and Gwyndaf Evans. "Up to Saturday lunch time really our pace was consistently just one second per mile down on the leaders, which was a lot closer than on the Manx. By that stage we also had put a good gap between us and those behind us, so for the Saturday afternoon stages we backed off to ensure our finish."
The change in pace in the PPG Lancer was reflected too on Friday evening, with an excellent time on the daunting cliff edge Torr Head stage in the dark, the test that unfortunately claimed Keith Cronin. "I enjoyed that stage, our notes worked well, and our tyre choice was correct. It's a daunting test for sure; you simply cannot afford to be off line, or its disaster!" Alastair and Rory didn't put a wheel wrong all weekend to record a superb result at the Antrim town finish, a result which strengthens Alastair's lead in the Group N Irish Tarmac Championship, and his third place overall in the British Rally Championship. "We will have a look at the Cork 20 to aim for the Irish Championship, but also it's important to try to retain our position in the BRC on the Trackrod. Dave Weston Jnr is still a threat there and we need a good finish on that final round. We are aiming to contest our home rally, the Fisher Engineering Lakeland Stages as a bit of a gravel test, and I'm really looking forward to the fast forests of the Trackrod Rally."
Times have been busy for the British Rally Elite member, having just completed a two day sponsorship and mechanical training seminar at M-Sport as part of the ongoing training provided by the British Rally Elite Scheme, you can keep up to date with Alastair's rallying progress on his brand new website www.alastairfisher.com