Raftery back in WR Car for Gal­way

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For the se­cond year in suc­ces­sion, 2014 Billy Cole­man Young Driver Of The Year Award win­ner Dean Raftery will com­pete in a WRC car on his home rally.

Raftery has se­cured the use of an ex-pet­ter Sol­berg Im­preza for the event, which he fin­ished sixth on last year in his first WR Car run in a Mini.

“It’s never easy to jump into any rally car and try and fight for over­all hon­ours, plus I haven’t driven four-wheel drive since this time last year,” said Raftery. “Hunt­ing down the more mod­ern fron­trun­ners is the main aim on the event though. I like a chal­lenge and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if I can get on their pace and see how close I can get.”

Raftery suf­fered from a dif­fi­cult year in 2015.

Af­ter his Gal­way WRC car de­but, he fin­ished sev­enth on the Moon­raker Forestry Rally in his Citroen DS 3 R3T. He then had three suc­ces­sive re­tire­ments on WRC Rally Por­tu­gal, the Cam­brian Rally and Wales Rally GB.

Raftery will swap last year’s Mini (above) for Subaru

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