O'MAHONY AND HIGGINS FINISH TOUGH RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND Pair now prepare for Ulster International Rally Irish crew Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins finished a tough Rallye Deutschland this weekend (14 -- 17 August) under superally ...
O'MAHONY AND HIGGINS FINISH TOUGH RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND
Pair now prepare for Ulster International Rally
Irish crew Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins finished a tough Rallye Deutschland this weekend (14 -- 17 August) under superally rules.
The pair came home 42nd overall in their OM Concrete Products and MIS-backed Super 1600 Renault Clio in round 10 of the World Rally Championship (WRC) after overcoming a string of problems.
The first blow came on stage four when the gearbox broke in the car running ahead of them and spilled out oil on a blind corner which caused O'Mahony and Higgins to understeer and hit a wall on the outside, putting them temporarily out of action.
They rejoined the fray on stage seven under superally rules -- incurring five minutes worth of penalties for every stage missed -- and were running down the order where their progress was hampered as they caught between two to four cars a stage. When they had a clean run, they were posting times inside the top 30 with their best display coming as they were 25th quickest on stage 16.
On Sunday, engine problems blighted the crew's performance with it overheating on the way to the finish in Trier and after making it, they had to go over the ramp by foot, ending an eventful three days for them.
"It's really disappointing that we had all the problems and had to superally but it was all experience," 23-year-old O'Mahony said.
"We had no warning about the oil as it had just happened in front of us so there was nothing we could really do to avoid the situation.
"When we rejoined the rally it was frustrating that we kept on catching the cars ahead but it was good to get some practice in across some different stages and get a finish. We had some promising times when we had no problems."
Rallye Deutschland was a one-off outing for O'Mahony and Higgins and now they have set their sights back on their British Rally Championship (BRC) campaign and round four, the Ulster International Rally, this weekend (22 -- 23 August).
Last time out in the series on the Rally Isle of Man they finished an impressive seventh overall and first in class R3 after setting consistent stage times inside the top 10.
The pair have contested the Ulster International Rally once before in 2005 and it was a successful outing as they clinched the British Super 1600 Championship title.
They will be hoping it goes as well this weekend as they look to emulate their result on the Isle of Man on the Armagh-based tarmac event.
"Now our focus is back on the BRC and Ulster this weekend," O'Mahony continued. "Hopefully everything will be sorted out on the car in time.
"We plan to drive flat out and get another good result in the championship. The stages are nice so I can't wait to do it."
O'Mahony heads into the event in 15th equal in the BRC drivers' standings, sixth in the junior drivers' table and third in class R3 with Higgins 17th in the overall co-drivers' championship and second in class R3. They will start at number 38.