O'Mahony and Higgins get championship back on track on Rally Isle of Man Irish crew Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins got their British Rally Championship (BRC) campaign back on track with a solid result on this weekend's (17 -- 19 July) Rally...
O'Mahony and Higgins get championship back on track on Rally Isle of Man
Irish crew Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins got their British Rally Championship (BRC) campaign back on track with a solid result on this weekend's (17 -- 19 July) Rally Isle of Man.
The pair finished an impressive seventh overall and first in class R3 in their OM Concrete Products and MIS-backed Super 1600 Renault Clio in round three of the BRC.
They posted consistent stage times inside the top 10 and were fifth fastest on stage 15 as they had a relatively trouble-free run on the tarmac event.
It was the first time in two years that they had contested the rally and O'Mahony and Higgins had a lucky escape on stage four on Thursday night when they misjudged the location of a chicane but made it round to keep on course.
A close battle with the Ford Escort Kit Car of Guy Woodcock and John Skinner developed after the first stage and as the fight heated up on Saturday, they made sure they pushed hard to keep the pace and had quite a few close moments over the final few stages but made it round to the finish ramp at the TT Grandstand in Douglas to collect more points in the BRC.
"It was a really enjoyable event but extremely tough," 23-year-old O'Mahony said. "I'm pleased with the result and it's good to get our BRC season back on course after the disappointment of not finishing the previous rounds.
"We had a good battle for position with Guy and John that kept the pressure on and the car went really well. I'm now looking forward to the next round in August."
The result sees O'Mahony move up to 15th equal in the BRC drivers' standings, to sixth in the junior drivers' table and third in class R3 whilst Higgins is 17th in the overall co-drivers' championship and second in class R3.
The crew will return to action across the tarmac in round four of the BRC, the Ulster International Rally, on 22 -- 23 August.