McCLOSKEY TAKES TO THE LANES After a successful outing with Damien Connolly on the opening round of the British Rally Championship, Connor McCloskey returns for the second round in Kelso this weekend partnered by his usual co-driver, the...
McCLOSKEY TAKES TO THE LANES
After a successful outing with Damien Connolly on the opening round of the British Rally Championship, Connor McCloskey returns for the second round in Kelso this weekend partnered by his usual co-driver, the equally experienced Crawford Henderson.
The Egger backed team took the decision to use their older Mitsubishi Evolution 8 on the Pirelli International Rally which was also the first round of the UK's Mitsubishi Evolution Challenge. "As it was our first gravel BRC event, we decided to use the Evo 8 and save the Evo 9 for the asphalt events." Said Connor, "But when we saw the entry list and arrived to see the competition in their later cars, I wished I could pop back to Ireland and get ours!"
True to his word the 20 year-old from Kilrea in Northern Ireland will be out in the later specification Mitsubishi for the all-asphalt Jim Clark Rally and after an Evo Challenge podium place in 2005, will be looking to improve on the third place. "We're realistic about our chances against all the former BRC champions at the front," he said, "this is only my second full season rallying so it will be good to gauge ourselves on tarmac."
The team successfully tested on Monday with Mountune Engines following the Donegal International Rally in mid June. "We are swapping back and forth between the BRC control fuel and our usual Shell Racing fuel and even though we didn't do many miles in Donegal we still have to check the engine is running fine for the Jim Clark." He continued, "The test was also a chance to build my confidence after Donegal when we slid off with no damage so early on."
The classic event is based in the Scottish Borders around Kelso, south of Edinburgh, with 150 stage miles held over one and a half days commencing Friday afternoon in the nearby Lammermuir Hills. The bulk of the stage mileage is on Saturday with centralised service at Charterhall airfield to the north of Kelso, the rally finishing in the town square at around 6pm.