Wright's ideal start to Circuit of Ireland week
STEPHEN Wright got the start he wanted to Circuit of Ireland week by taking second place in the Peugeot 208 Cup on the TAC Rally in Belgium.
The Billy Coleman Award-winning driver is contesting the Belgian series this year but wants to fit in his home round of the European Championship as well.
It means three rallies in three weekends for Wright and his co-driving sister Suzanne but it began encouragingly in Flanders with a strong performance which saw them finish 16th overall, take second place in the 208 Trophy and win the Junior award.
Conscious of the need to avoid damage to his R2 Peugeot with the start of the Circuit looming on Thursday, Wright said he tried to stay out of trouble and concentrated on getting to the finish.
"I drove the rally at my own pace and didn't take any risks so to finish second was a good result," he said. "And the Junior Award which gives me a free entry into the next round, the Rally Wallonie, was a nice bonus.
"Now it is back to Ireland and on to Belfast for the Circuit."
Wright will also have been encouraged by the fact he finished well ahead of Gino Bux, the Dutch driver who will be one of his rivals in the ERC Junior category this week. Bux finished back in 21st place.
Another driver heading for the Circuit, Desi Henry, took second place on the Moonraker Rally, part of the Irish Forest Championship.
Henry lost out by 15 seconds to Owen Murphy with Andrew Purcell third in an all Mitsubishi 1-2-3. John Moffett, who is also in the Circuit line-up, finished fourth.