O'MAHONY AND HIGGINS GEAR-UP FOR RALLY IRELAND County Cork driver Brian O'Mahony and County Mayo co-driver John Higgins will compete for the second time at World Rally Championship (WRC) level when they contest next week's Rally Ireland...
O'MAHONY AND HIGGINS GEAR-UP FOR RALLY IRELAND
County Cork driver Brian O'Mahony and County Mayo co-driver John Higgins will compete for the second time at World Rally Championship (WRC) level when they contest next week's Rally Ireland (15-18 November).
The recently crowned Dunlop National Championship class 6 champions will take to their home asphalt stages in their OM Concrete Products and Fitz Samuels Insurance-backed Super 1600 Renault Clio, run by O'Leary Motorsport.
The crew made their debut in the WRC when they contested Rally Finland in August. They were 64th overall and 13th in class following an eventful four-days across the forest gravel stages as they finished under SupeRally rules.
Now O'Mahony and Higgins will compete on the world stage across a more familiar home territory. They contested the Rally Ireland candidate event last year and are eager to take part in Ireland's first WRC round with the aim of finishing.
"I'm really looking forward to the rally, I can't wait to do another round of the WRC and especially the first one to be held at home," 23-year-old O'Mahony said.
"The aim is to finish. My car is for sale so I will be driving with that in mind, but we also want to really enjoy it.
"My main rival will be Adrian McElhinney in the Citroen C2. I don't know much about the rest of the field but it will be good to pitch ourselves against the world's top drivers again and hopefully things will run a bit smoother than they did in Finland so we can test ourselves a bit more.
"I'm not very familiar with the stages at all but we should have a little bit of an advantage over some of the drivers who have never driven over here before. I'm also really confident in the car, the lads always do a fantastic job in preparing it."
This season O'Mahony and Higgins have contested the Dunlop National Championship in Ireland and won the class 6 title with a round to go.
The crew will start at car number 77 on Rally Ireland, which is based in the city of Sligo and is the penultimate round of the WRC. The event route includes eight counties in both the north and south of Ireland.