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Stephen Wright follows heart to Circuit of Ireland

By Sammy Hamill

As if tackling the Circuit of Ireland wasn't a big enough challenge, Stephen Wright is trying to squeeze it in between trips to Belgium and two more rallies.

Winner of Motorsport Ireland's Billy Coleman Award, which carries a prize fund to be used overseas, Wright is contesting the Peugeot 208 Trophy in Belgian this year and is taking part in the TAC Rally this weekend followed by the Rally Wallonie in a fortnight.

But he and his co-driving sister Suzanne had their hearts set on taking part in the European championship Circuit which starts from Belfast next Thursday evening.

So it is Belgium until Sunday, then back to their Monaghan base to get ready for the Circuit followed by another trip back to Belgium the week after.

"It is going to be a hectic three weeks, but we didn't want to miss the Circuit," said civil engineer Stephen who has switched from last season's Irish production championship winning Mitsubishi to a little R2 Peugeot this year.

"The chance to test our speed against the European championship regulars will be a real bonus."

There is a very healthy R2 field for the Circuit, which is a round of the new European junior (under 25) championship and Wright is seeded right in the middle of a battle which will feature drivers from Italy, Poland, Holland, Czech Republic, Norway as well as the UK and Ireland.

"It'll be a challenge in itself to even make the start line of the three events, but we'll drive with that in mind and hopefully we'll be in the mix for some good results in very competitive fields."

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