O'MAHONY AND HIGGINS AIM TO GET BACK ON TRACK ON RALLY ISLE OF MAN Irish crew Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins aim to get their British Rally Championship (BRC) campaign back on track when they contest next weekend's Rally Isle of Man (17 --...
O'MAHONY AND HIGGINS AIM TO GET BACK ON TRACK ON RALLY ISLE OF MAN
Irish crew Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins aim to get their British Rally Championship (BRC) campaign back on track when they contest next weekend's Rally Isle of Man (17 -- 19 July).
County Cork driver O'Mahony and County Mayo co-driver Higgins will be back in action in round three of the BRC in their OM Concrete Products and Tom Hogan Motors-backed Super 1600 Renault Clio, run by O'Leary Motorsport, and are looking to make amends across the tarmac after failing to finish the previous round.
They retired from the Jim Clark International Rally in May due to a mechanical problem and that did not help their push in the BRC after they were forced to finish the opening round, the Pirelli International Rally, in April under superally rules when the bottom arm snapped and ended their event.
Now the pair will compete across the closed roads of the Isle of Man for the first time in two years and bid to notch up more points in the series but the challenging Manx lanes have not been so kind to them in recent years.
Both times they have contested the event, in 2005 and 2006, they have finished but have broken the suspension, losing masses of time, but hopefully the Clio will hold out and make it third time lucky for them on the 165-mile event.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back out onto the Isle of Man stages, they are nice yet tricky which adds to the challenge," 23-year-old O'Mahony said. "We last did the rally in 2006 and have had suspension problems both times we've done it previously so we're hoping to avoid anything like that this year.
"We're looking for a good solid result this time out following the disappointment of the Jim Clark, it would be nice to get a clean run on a tarmac stage and some valuable BRC points to keep us on course. We know what caused the problems on the Jim Clark so I'm confident the car will be reliable and we've made some changes so it should hopefully be even better."
The Rally Isle of Man gets underway on Thursday evening with O'Mahony and Higgins starting at car number 18.