Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Omagh great warm-up for Fisher

Alastair Fisher

Alastair Fisher continues his build-up to the start of the British championship by taking part in Saturday’s Omagh Spring Rally.

Fisher is targeting both the British and Tarmac championships this year and has already made a strong start to the Irish series by finishing fourth on the Galway International earlier this month in his production Mitsubishi.

Now he switches his attention to gravel in preparation for the opening round of the British championship, the Bulldog Rally in Wales next month.

The Omagh event uses the forests around Fivemiletown in Co Tyrone and provides Fisher with an ideal opportunity to get to grips with gravel roads again.

And although there will be several WRC cars in Saturday’s line-up, including the Subarus of John Cairns, who won last year, Enda McNulty and Martin Cairns, Fisher’s second place on the final round of last season’s Northern Ireland championship suggests he could be challenging for victory even in a Group N production car.

The events starts from Fivemiletown at 10am with the first stage, Crocknagrally, at 10-15.

On Saturday night, many of the competitors will head for Cookstown and a Night at the Races organised by driver John McGlaughlin in aid of the Freeplay Foundation.

Meanwhile, Korean tyre company Hankook has confirmed it will continue its sponsorship of the NI championship which begins on Saturday week with the North Armagh Club’s Pedro Pet Food Stages at Kirkistown.

Derek McGarrity is scheduled to begin the defence of the title he won last year after a close duel with Kenny McKinstry.

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