Champions face double challenge on Jim Clark International Rally Reigning British Super 1600 and Irish Tarmac A6 Champions Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins face double the challenge on next weekend's Jim Clark International Rally (July ...
Champions face double challenge on Jim Clark International Rally
Reigning British Super 1600 and Irish Tarmac A6 Champions Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins face double the challenge on next weekend's Jim Clark International Rally (July 7-8).
The tarmac event is round two of the Tesco 99 Octane British Rally Championship (BRC) and round five of the Pirelli Irish Tarmac Championship (ITC); meaning two sets of points are at stake for the Irish duo, who are competing to retain their honours in both the British Super 1600 Championship and class A6 of the Irish series this year.
Driver O'Mahony and co-driver Higgins have endured mixed fortunes so far this season in the quest to defend their titles. They have failed to pick up any points in their Irish Tarmac Championship campaign and missed the previous round, the Donegal International Rally, in June.
They battled through several mechanical issues to finish-up 30th overall and fifth in the Super 1600 category in the first round of the BRC, the Pirelli International Rally in May, after taking advantage of the new superally rules to get eight points each on the class leaderboard.
The crew will take to the wheel once again of their Team Birkbeck Rallysport-run Ford Puma, backed by OM Concrete Products and Kumho Tyres, next weekend looking for victory in each class.
With the Puma being well set-up for the tarmac both O'Mahony and Higgins are confident that they can give their Super 1600 rivals a run for their money for maximum points in the Scottish Borders.
O'Mahony, 21 from County Cork, said: "My aim for the Jim Clark is to win both of our classes. With the Puma being a lot stronger on the tarmac than the gravel I should hopefully be a lot closer to Guy Wilks (Suzuki Ignis) and Roman Kresta (Ford Fiesta). I have done the rally for the last two years and suffered mechanical DNF's on both. I really like the stages though, they are fast and flowing and it's one of the rallies that I really look forward to every year."
Higgins, 23 from County Mayo, said: "I always look forward to the Jim Clark Rally and hopefully we can win both of our classes and get some vital points on the board. It's a very fast rally so as a co-driver you have to be particularly alert."
The Jim Clark Rally gets underway on Friday 7 July, taking in 165 miles of tarmac stages in the Scottish Borders before concluding on Saturday 8 July.