O’DONO­VAN PRE­PARES FOR TWIN TI­TLE AT­TACKS

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Ir­ish ral­ly­cross Supercar driver Ol­lie O’dono­van will race in both the Bri­tish and Euro­pean ral­ly­cross cham­pi­onships this sea­son.

The 2007 Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross cham­pion re­turned to the sport full-time in 2015, and won a pair of events in the Bri­tish RX se­ries at Mon­dello Park and Ly­d­den Hill. He also con­tested a full cam­paign in the five-round Euro RX se­ries and twice made the fi­nal in his Tony Bardy Mo­tor­sport-pre­pared Ford Fi­esta Supercar.

O’dono­van’s 2016 cam­paign will be­gin in the Ford Fo­cus he used in a part-pro­gramme in 2014, be­fore switch­ing to his Ford Fi­esta for the start of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in Bel­gium.

“We had a re­ally strong year last sea­son and we need to build on that per­for­mance go­ing for­ward,”said O’dono­van, who was the first Ir­ish­man to make a Supercar fi­nal in Euro RX last sea­son. “We have the pace and I re­ally want to win the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship again, that’s my goal. But, there is some strong com­pe­ti­tion this year, so it won’t be easy.

“Last year was very much a learn­ing year in Europe for us. The tracks were new and the car was new to us. We want to im­prove this sea­son, but I know the com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to be even harder than it was last year.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to race at Hol­jes in Swe­den so that will be fan­tas­tic, and the new event in Latvia looks like it will be in­ter­est­ing too. To get into the fi­nals is the goal again, and I’d re­ally like to be on the podium at a Euro­pean event this sea­son.”

O’dono­van will also be joined in his team by mo­tor­cy­cle racer Guy Martin for a yet-to-be an­nounced round of the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship this year.

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