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Marty McCormack is set to take French test

It was an outstanding year by any standards but still Marty McCormack wasn’t satisfied.

The 24-year-old from Draperstown won the British junior championship and the UK Citroen C2R2 Cup series in 2009 and was selected as a member of the elite Team UK young driver squad.

But while McCormack, who started the new season on the Galway International Rally today, emerged as the No.1 Citroen driver in Britain last year he was well aware that he still had some way to go to match the pace of the best Europeans.

Two trips to France at the end of the year convinced him that he should widen his horizons and he plans to contest the French C2R2 championship this season.

“I don’t see the point in going back over old ground again,” he explained. “I’ve won the Irish and UK Cups in the past two seasons and now I needed to look further afield.

“Those French guys are very fast on their home ground so it will be quite a challenge.”

However, with the French series not getting underway until later in the year McCormack plans to take in the first three rounds of the Irish Tarmac championship, starting in Galway this weekend, as preparation for his French campaign.

Belfast Telegraph