Henry won’t confirm championship until after Circuit of Ireland
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.”