Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Dutch have Donnelly at the ready

Mark Donnelly has gone Dutch in a bid to step up his challenge for the British rally championship.

The Tyrone driver slipped quietly off to Holland to take in an event there ahead of this weekend’s Jim Clark Rally in Scotland.

Donnelly’s R3 Renault Clio is run by a Dutch team and he travelled out to join them in preparation for the first tarmac round of the BRC series.

“The stages there were mostly straights and square corners but it gave me the chance to get a good set-up for tarmac. It felt good,” said Donnelly who holds fifth place in the championship following his win on the Sunseeker Rally and third on the Pirelli International.

He starts the Duns-based Clark Rally at No.1.

“The main aim this weekend is to concentrate on getting as many points as possible,” said Donnelly.

The championship standings are currently headed by Gwyndaf Evans. The Welshman has been impressive on the gravel rounds so far but his R2 Ford Fiesta may be out-gunned by the R3 cars this weekend.

The line-up also includes the Citroens of Jonny Greer and Desi Henry as well as Matthew Cathcart in his R2 Ford Fiesta.

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