Belfast Telegraph

Donnelly hopes for change in fortune

By Sammy Hamill

Mark Donnelly hopes he can finally get to grips with his Pirelli Star Driver prize-winning Citroen DS3 this weekend.

Since being chosen as the winner of the most lucrative prize in British rallying at the end of last season, Donnelly has been thwarted at every turn and still hasn't driven the car in anger.

But he plans to put that right by tackling the Granite City Rally in Scotland on Saturday, a prelude to his campaign to win the British championship starting with the Pirelli International at the start of next month.

The BRC series was due to kick off with the Rally North Wales but it was postponed because of the Spring blizzard which also forced the Easter Stages Rally to be called off.

In an effort to get some competitive mileage under his belt, Donnelly entered last weekend's Loughran Memorial Rally in Co Waterford but had to withdraw because the Carryduff-based DGM team, who have built and will run the Pirelli Citroen, were already heavily committed to the World championship Rally of Portugal with Keith Cronin.

"It has been a frustrating time," admits the 21-year-old Omagh driver. "Apart from acting as sweeper car on the Spring Rally and a two-day test three weeks ago, I haven't really been able to get any mileage in the Citroen at all."

Now Donnelly has turned his attention to the Granite City Rally and he will be joined on the trip to Aberdeen by DGM team-mate Jonny Greer.

"The Granite City Rally will give us the chance to test the car on a variety of surfaces."

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