Murphy to appeal Ulster event exclusion

CORK, 19TH September 2003: The 2002 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Champion, Colm Murphy from Athea, Co. Limerick will challenge the decision by the stewards of the Ulster Rally to exclude him from the event. Colm in the Kingdom Fastfit Ford Focus...

CORK, 19TH September 2003: The 2002 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Champion, Colm Murphy from Athea, Co. Limerick will challenge the decision by the stewards of the Ulster Rally to exclude him from the event.

Colm in the Kingdom Fastfit Ford Focus despite overcoming a host of technical problems blitzed the opposition on the fifth round of the 2003 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship, the Ulster Rally to take the lead. Colm thinking that he had won the event was informed at the event finish that he would be excluded for an infringement of the event rules. The Stewards of the meeting judged that Colm was to be excluded.

Colm has decided to appeal this decision and pending this appeal the current championship standings are provisional. If Colm appeal is upheld then the rapid Limerickman can still win the 2003 series outright.

"I am going to Clare in the belief that my event exclusion from the Ulster Rally will be overturned, if this happens then I have a good chance that I can win the 2003 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship. I have had my fair share of bad luck this season and now I am in a more determined and focused mood than ever in my career. I believe that I can finish in front of both Stanley and Keyes when dropped scores are taken into account" said Colm.

"It is great to see such determination and grit from our competitors, this is the essence of this championship with all competitors fighting tooth and nail to win one of Irish Rallying biggest prizes" said Tom Collins, Championship Director.

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