Henry won’t con­firm cham­pi­onship un­til af­ter Cir­cuit of Ire­land

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Desi Henry has en­tered the open­ing round of the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship, but won’t make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on which cham­pi­onship he favours un­til af­ter the Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally.

Henry – who is cam­paign­ing a Skoda Fabia R5 this year – com­peted in the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship opener in Gal­way ear­lier this month, al­though he crashed out on stage 12. The in­ci­dent has cur­tailed his test­ing sched­ule ahead of Mid Wales, the BRC opener, as well as the time taken to con­vert the car from as­phalt to gravel spec. He’s hop­ing that his ex­pe­ri­ence with the sim­i­lar Fabia S2000 last year will help him get up to speed quickly.

“The R5 shouldn’t be all that dif­fer­ent to how the S2000 drives and han­dles on gravel, so maybe we won’t be at too big a dis­ad­van­tage,” ex­plained Henry. “We got some base set­tings for the new car so we’ll try and work off them and tweak things like the sus­pen­sion and dampers as we go along. If we come sixth we’ll have done well.”

Af­ter Gal­way, Henry has adapted quickly to the rare ma­chine and doesn’t think the lack of test­ing will cause too much of an is­sue come Mid Wales on March 5.

“I’ve only done the one rally in it but the car gives me lots of con­fi­dence – that was re­flected in my stage times,” he said. “We didn’t get to cover that many miles be­fore Gal­way as any test we ar­ranged seemed to be ham­pered by the bad weather but I al­ready fell very com­fort­able with the car. It’s all work­ing well.”

Henry had an off in Gal­way but hopes to start BRC

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