Fordes to contest International Rally Yorkshire together for the first time Galway brothers Ross and Arron Forde will contest the International Rally Yorkshire for the first time together next Saturday (27 September). The Irish crew will...
Fordes to contest International Rally Yorkshire together for the first time
Galway brothers Ross and Arron Forde will contest the International Rally Yorkshire for the first time together next Saturday (27 September).
The Irish crew will be back in action in the penultimate round of the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup in their Global Group Ireland and BCC Group-backed Suzuki Swift across the gravel on the 110-mile Pickering-based event.
They head into the rally following three runs across a more familiar tarmac surface and after a long-awaited victory in the previous round of the single-make series on the Ulster International Rally last month.
Not only have the Forde's never competed across the classic loose stages of the North Yorkshire forests together, but the task is made all the harder for the pair by the fact it will only be driver Ross' fifth time out on gravel.
Co-driver Arron has navigated across the North Yorkshire stages before for his uncle Frank Cunningham in the historic series and Ross insists he's not going to be fazed by the unknown territory.
"We're going to be going for it 100% and look for that second victory," the 24-year-old said. "We were on the pace on the gravel on the Pirelli International Rally in April so hopefully we can get a good result.
"Arron is familiar with the stages which will help a little but I've only ever been to Yorkshire as service crew and although I don't have a lot of experience on the gravel I'm confident enough going into the event but I know there'll be some stiff competition out there from the British guys who are more experienced.
"The championship is still open and it's going to be interesting without superally rules on the event."
Going into the rally, the Fordes are third overall in the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup and still within reach of the title.
With dropped scores, Ross is also joint first in the Junior Swift Sport Cup with Danish junior champion Niki Bjerg.
The pair will start at number 32 in their Galway Mini Centre-prepared Swift.