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Mark Don­nelly will join the fight for the BTRDA Gold Star crown on this month’s Mal­colm Wil­son Rally.

He fol­lows in the foot­steps of fel­low Ul­ster­man Con­nor Mccloskey in reg­is­ter­ing for the all-gravel se­ries.

The Omagh driver will pi­lot an S10-spec Subaru Im­preza with on-event sup­port from Crozier Mo­tor­sport.

Don­nelly – the 2013 Pirelli Star Driver and a for­mer mem­ber of the MSA’S Team UK ini­tia­tive – took part in last week­end’s Omagh Fivemile­town Spring Rally ahead of the BTRDA’S se­cond counter on March 12.

“We’ll be do­ing the whole cham­pi­onship start­ing with the Mal­colm Wil­son Rally,” said Don­nelly, who’ll be nav­i­gated by Barry Mcnulty.

“How the S10 shapes up against the other cars re­mains to be seen, though.

“I’m still learn­ing about the Im­preza and adapt­ing to four-wheel drive, so a top-five fin­ish would be a good re­sult. It would be a good start to the sea­son and give me a real chance of fight­ing for the driv­ers’ ti­tle.”

Don­nelly also plans to en­ter rounds of the Valvo­line Ir­ish For­est Rally Cham­pi­onship but says the pri­or­ity this sea­son is the BTRDA. “There are some great events,” he added. “I’ve heard a lot about them and from a driver’s point of view they look re­ally en­joy­able. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting go­ing. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

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