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Henry and Greer tune up for Ulster Rally with crack at Tyrone Stages

 

By Sammy Hamill

With the Ulster Rally just a month away, Desi Henry and Jonny Greer are two of the leading contenders who will use next week's Tyrone Stages to prepare for the Londonderry-based round of the British and Irish Tarmac Championship.

And expect to see Marty McCormack as well if his R5 Skoda Fabia has been repaired in time following his crash on the Ypres Rally in Belgium.

Run by the Cookstown club and based at Loughry College on Saturday week, the McNulty Motors Tyrone Stages is a round of the Northern Ireland Championship headed by seven-times champion Derek McGarrity.

The Mossley driver, who is also in the line-up in his WRC Ford Fiesta, has an eight-point lead over Greer, the surprise winner of the first round at Kirkistown back in February, and is nine ahead of Alan Carmichael who is down to drive an S14 Subaru instead of the WRC Mini he usually campaigns.

But for Henry and Greer - and McCormack if he makes it - the main focus will be on preparation for the Ulster Rally which will use roads in the Sperrins region similar to those of the Cookstown event.

Sweden's Fredrik Ahlin leads the BRC series from Welshman Osian Pryce while Sam Moffett has an eight-point advantage over Alastair Fisher in the Irish Tarmac Championship.

In the British junior division Ulster drivers Callum Devine and William Creighton share top spot.

The John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally takes place on August 18/19.

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