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Pirelli Star Driver: Ulster youngsters in chase for prize

By Sammy Hamill

The soaring reputation of Ulster’s budding young rally drivers is reflected in the line-up for Britain’s end-of-season Pirelli Star Driver shoot-out.

They fill three of the eight places in the chase for the most lucrative prize on offer in British rallying — a fully-funded drive in a Pirelli-backed Skoda Fabia R2 in next year’s BRC series.

Marty McCormack and Mark Donnelly were awarded their prestigious Pirelli ‘yellow jerseys’ earlier in the season following their performances on the Jim Clark and Bulldog rallies respectively.

Now Jonny Greer has been added to the list as the top four-wheel-drive performer on tarmac during the year, mirroring the selection of Scot David Bogie, the new British champion, as the leading gravel driver.

Adding to the strong Irish representation is Longford’s Tommy Doyle who was chosen as the Star Driver on the Todds Leap Rally NI.

The shoot-out takes place during the week of November 14 and the Irish quartet will go up against Bogie plus one English driver, Peter Taylor, Finn Jukka Korhonen and an Estonian, Siim Plangi.

The winner will be announced at the British Rally Championship awards dinner in Manchester on November 19 where 24-year-old Draperstown driver McCormack will be crowned British Junior and Formula Two champion.

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