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Biggerstaff prepares for Bishopscourt test

By Sammy Hamill

It will be a step into the unknown for Stuart Biggerstaff when the Hankook Northern Ireland rally championship resumes at Bishopscourt tomorrow.

The 21-year-old from Dromara has only ever competed in two previous rallies, finishing second each time. But both those events were at Kirkistown and tomorrow, although also track-based, the McGrady Insurance Stages offer a totally different challenge.

It is also likely to be his last run for a while in the family S9 Subaru. After Bishopscourt the series switches to closed road and forestry stages and dad Denis, the former two-time NI champion, feels his rookie son isn’t ready to face such challenges in a WRC car.

But Stuart has handled the Subaru with aplomb so far with those second place finishes behind reigning champion Derek McGarrity.

There is little chance that Stuart — or anyone else — will threaten McGarrity’s Bishopscourt supremacy as the former Irish Tarmac champion chases a hat-trick of wins as he continues his build-up to the Easter Circuit of Ireland in his S12B Subaru.

George Robinson and Gary White are seeded at two and three in their Subarus ahead of Biggerstaff with production championship leader Raymond Johnston at five in his Mitsubishi.

The action starts at 9am for a six-stage sprint, all contained within the ex-RAF base.

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