Belfast Telegraph

Fisher facing an Ulster Rally dilemma

By Sammy Hamill

Alastair Fisher is facing a home or away dilemma. Ulster Rally or Rally Germany?

Fisher's victory on the Scottish Rally at the weekend propelled him into second place in the British championship just five points behind leader Jukka Korhonen. And the next round is on his home ground in Fermanagh/Tyrone.

However, the Todds Leap Ulster Rally on August 23/24 also clashes with the German round of the World championship in which Fisher drives for the French Sainteloc team in the Citroen Top Driver series. Which will he chose?

"We always said we would do the first three rounds of the WRC Citroen series and see where we stood," he says. "Finland at the beginning of next month in round three and we'll decide after that.

"The first two rounds in Portugal and Sardinia weren't great for me. I had the pace to be at the front but haven't had the best of luck but we haven't reached the halfway point yet. There is still everything to play for.

"Maybe winning in Scotland was a turning point. It has not only boosted my confidence but has put me in a good position to challenge for the British title, especially with the next round on my home patch.

"I would really love to do the Ulster Rally but we will stick to our original plan and go to Finland before making a decision."

Another factor drawing the 24-year-old Trillick driver to the Todds Leap event is the involvement of the Fisher Foundation which was set up in the wake of the deaths of his uncle, rally legend Bertie Fisher, and cousins Mark and Emma in the 2001 helicopter tragedy.

The Foundation supports rally safety and to this end it will assist with the provision of rally safety units and competitor tracking during the event.

As well as top competitors like Irish Tarmac championship leader Garry Jennings and Donegal International winner Sam Moffett, it was attended by British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington and Fermanagh gaelic football manager Peter Canavan.

This is the first year the rally has been based in the Fermanagh Lakelands and it is scheduled to begin with a ceremonial start in Enniskillen at lunchtime on August 23 with the finish back in the town centre on Saturday from 4pm. New for this year will be the Modern Tyres spectator stage and other family-friendly attractions at the St. Angelo Airport complex.

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