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Heather keen to pull clear of dad in title race with Kirkistown glory



Heather Calder

Heather Calder

Heather Calder

Fast-moving Scottish lady Heather Calder is back in Northern Ireland this weekend to show she can handle a powerful racing car as well as any man.

She's the reigning British sprint champion, and returns to the Kirkistown circuit in Co Down for two rounds of the series as joint leader.

Heather is tied at the top of the leaderboard with her father Colin in the mighty 680-horsepower Gould GR55 they share. She pipped her four-time champion dad to the title last year and is determined to take the family honours again.

Third place is held by John Graham, while Stuart Robb has made a return.

Northern Ireland Championship leader Adrian Pollock in his Dallara will be hunting down the travelling competitors.

The action starts with practice at 9.30am tomorrow with the first timed runs at 12.30pm. The format is repeated on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Joe McGonigle, a former winner, leads the line-up for tomorrow's MJM Dogleap Rally which is based at Ballykelly and will use the access roads of the former Shackleton military facility.

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