Bulldog Rally: Marty adds bite with new Citroen
Marty McCormack will return to the British championship this weekend to drive a Citroen DS3 on the Bulldog Rally in Wales.
And the former UK and Irish Citroen C2R2 champion from Draperstown finds himself seeded at No 1 under the 2011 rules introduced for the British series.
The BRC authorities have decreed that two-wheel-drive cars will take precedence this year ahead of the championship switching to two-wheel-drive only in 2012, and McCormack has been allocated the No 1 spot in Saturday’s entry list.
He missed round one while he negotiated with Citroen to bring one of the latest DS3 R3s to the UK and only got confirmation at the beginning of this week.
“Citroen France have pulled out the stops to make this happen but it is all very last minute,” said McCormack.
“The car will be run by one of Citroen Sport’s satellite teams, Sainteloc from Lyon, but it won’t arrive until just before the rally and I will only get a brief run in it during the shakedown stage on Friday.”
Another Ulster driver switching cars for the Welsh event is Mark Donnelly. The Omagh teenager, runner-up in the UK Citroen Trophy series last season, will find himself in direct opposition to McCormack as he makes his debut in a Renault Clio R3 with the car being run by Finland’s Jussi Pinomaki.
Under the new rules, the potentially rally-winning four-wheel-drive cars run towards the back of the field which means that the Super 2000 Skoda Fabias of Jonny Greer and Robert Barrable start at numbers 30 and 34 respectively.
First round winner, Scottish champion David Bogie, starts at No 25 in his Mitsubishi Evo X.
Other Irish drivers making the trip to Wales include Daniel Barry, who makes his second appearance for the JRM Mitsubishi team, Alan Carmichael, also in a Mitsubishi, and Desi Henry in a Citroen C2R2.