Tiger Risk Rally Team brings Slaughter and Mccormack to BRC
Former world and European championship driver Marty Mccormack and seasoned Historic campaigner James Slaughter will enter the British championship this year under the Tiger Risk Rally Team.
Mccormack – who will drive his usual Skoda S2000 – had considered a switch of cars but believes a year in the Skoda will stand him in good stead for 2016.
“There’s a lot of seasoned drivers in good cars this year and it was debated towards the end of last year should I change to an R5,” explained Mccormack.
“But after working with the car last year, it will be better building on that experience.
“When I arrive in Mid Wales I’ll know what I’m up against and what I’m driving. There will be a disadvantage, especially in power, but I feel my experience and confidence in my own car will overcome the power deficit.
“I’m sponsor-driven so it’s important that I impress and get out there, and a third year with Tiger Risk’s support will hopefully allow me to do that.”
Slaughter was a multiple class winner in historics last year in an Ford Escort, and will step up to a Fiesta R5 run by the MSL team.
“Historics is great but I’ve spent a lot of time there now,” he said. “I’ll always want to drive Escorts, but the R5 cars are as close to the top end of the rallying spectrum as you can get in terms of the engineering, and now they are available to rally on the BRC.
“To me it’s about the best cars, the technology and being able to drive them. It was almost a no brainer when I was deciding what to do. I’ve spent a lot of time helping Marty in his career but it will be nice to concentrate personally while being Martin’s team-mate.”
Slaughter debuted the Fiesta at the Brands Hatch Stages on Sunday as part of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship (see Rally Reports page 24) but retired with gearbox issues. ● Entries for the Alan Healy Memorial Stages are now open. The event on April 10 follows Anglesey (March 20) as part of the MN Circuit Championship.