Boyle will stick with Ir­ish Tar­mac in WRC

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

De­clan Boyle in­tends to cam­paign his new gen­er­a­tion Ford Fi­esta WRC in the 2016 Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship.

While World Rally Cars can no longer score points for the over­all ti­tle, Boyle said he would look to win as many rounds as he could. Un­der the new rules, R5 and S2000 crews will fight it out for key sil­ver­ware.

Boyle said tri­umph­ing on his home in­ter­na­tional – the Done­gal Rally – re­mained a pri­or­ity for him and his cousin, Brian. “That tops the list,” said Boyle, who is also com­mit­ted to the Ir­ish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

“We plan to fol­low the Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship and do the Ir­ish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship as well, which I love. The for­mat, from the recce to the rally it­self, re­ally suits us. That is the rea­son why I like it so much.”

Boyle is con­fi­dent of more suc­cess af­ter mak­ing the switch from a Subaru to the ex-m-sport Fi­esta. “We are still set­tling into the car – [Oc­to­ber’s] Done­gal Har­vest Rally was our fourth out­ing in it,” he said.

“If we can get an­other three or four ral­lies un­der our belts we should be in good shape. We now have a dry set­ting and a set­ting for the wet and we have all the tyre cam­ber an­gles 100 per cent. The car is now per­fect, so it is up to me to get the most out of it. There is still a lot left in it.”

De­clan (l) and Brian (r) won the 2014 Ir­ish Tar­mac ti­tle

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