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Greer uncertain about defending NI crown as he eyes Irish series

By Sammy Hamill

Jonny Greer never set out to win the 2017 Northern Ireland Rally Championship but he ended up becoming champion for the first time after the final round back in November.

And despite taking part in the launch of the 2018 McGrady Insurance-sponsored series at Kirkistown this week, he remains uncertain if he will be back to defend his title.

If all goes to plan, Greer will be out for the first round next month, but after that the Carryduff driver has set his sights on an Irish Tarmac Championship campaign, hopefully on board one of the new R5 Citroen C3s.

But his DGM team don't expect to take delivery of the car until the mid-point in the season.

His dad David explained: "The new C3 won't be eligible for competition until April and then it will go to World and European competitors before it is available for a regional series like the Tarmac.

"In the meantime we have started building a new DS3 to replace the one Jonny used to win the Championship last year. The aim is to have it ready for what will essentially be a test run in the Bishopscourt Rally on March 10 before he goes to the start of the Tarmac series in West Cork the following weekend.

"Jonny will probably play it the same as last year, taking it rally by rally and see how it goes. It worked pretty well last time!"

This year's NI Championship consists of seven rounds and Greer will almost certainly line up for round four, the Lisburn-based Down Rally in July.

It is being sponsored by one of the DGM team's sister companies, Carryduff Forklift, and for the first time will be part of the UK Asphalt Championship.

NI Championship dates: March 10 Bishopscourt Stages; May 12 Tour of the Sperrins; June 9 Mourne Rally; July 21 Down Rally; Sep 1 Lakeland Stages; Sep 22 Bushwhacker Rally; Oct 20 Tyrone Stages; Nov 3 Glens of Antrim Rally (reserve event).

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