MAC­CRONE TO RE­TURN IN SRC JACK BENYON

NA­TIONAL RAL­LY­ING EDITOR “Two things have changed since my last ITRC col­umn”

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Gal­way re­port, p24

John Mac­crone will make his com­petitve re­turn on the Snow­man Rally later this month, four months since an ac­ci­dent on the Mull Rally claimed the life of his co-driver An­drew Mort and left him with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Mac­crone is plan­ning a full Scot­tish cham­pi­onship cam­paign in a Ford Fi­esta R5 start­ing with the In­ver­ness­based Snow­man Rally on Fe­bru­ary 20.

MSL will pre­pare Mac­crone’s Fi­esta and the Mull driver will join fel­low Scot Garry Pear­son in com­pet­ing in an R5 car in their na­tional se­ries.

“I felt like I need to go out and en­joy some ral­ly­ing and the Scot­tish cham­pi­onship is a great place to do that,” said Mac­crone. “It’s a great place to learn the car. I don’t have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with it, it’s a good place to get back out and get into the swing of things and it works well for the spon­sor too with them be­ing based in Scot­land.

“I had a bit of sup­port last year from a com­pany called Water­mans based in Ed­in­burgh, they helped me to do Rally Ger­many. Then the Mull ac­ci­dent hap­pened and it set us back a bit.”

Mac­crone, who has re­cov­ered from the neck and back in­juries sus­tained in the Mull crash, is con­sid­er­ing the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship for 2017, once he has mas­tered the R5 Fi­esta.

“At the mo­ment we’re plan­ning on do­ing the full Scot­tish cham­pi­onship with the aim of learn­ing the car,” said Mac­crone. “I’d like to think that next year it would be nice to have a crack at the full Bri­tish cham­pi­onship also.

“We’ll take it in our stride. The Snow­man will be the first rally since the ac­ci­dent so it’s not go­ing to be easy, but it gives me a chance to get go­ing again. I’m not putting any pres­sure on my­self, I’m just out to have fun and do my own thing.”

Rhi­anon Gel­somino, wife of Gus Green­smith’s co-driver and Ken Block’s for­mer nav­i­ga­tor Alex, will co-drive Mac­crone on the Snow­man.

Mac­crone has ex­pe­ri­ence of Fi­es­tas

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