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Former Northern Irish Rally Championship competitor Calvin Beattie has committed to a full ADAC Opel Rallye Cup schedule this year after making his debut earlier this month on Rally Saarland-pfalz.
Beattie debuted in the series – which is run with non-fia homologated Adam cars – with Schmack Motorsport and managed fifth in class against some drivers who have competed in the championship for up to two years.
Beattie attended the final round of the 2015 championship and was impressed with the class. So much so that on his return home from Germany he placed an order for an Adam with Holzer Motorsport.
“I had heard nothing but good reports from people about the championship and when I travelled over to Germany last October those were confirmed,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to having the chance to compete against 15 other crews in a controlled environment. That helps create a level playing field and makes for interesting competition. It also means the best driver wins on the day.”
While Beattie has had little seat time in the car he feels he should adapt to it quickly, having driven an R2-spec Ford Fiesta in last season’s Northern Ireland Rally Championship.
“The hope, of course, is to achieve good results, pick up as many points as I can, and challenge for podium finishes along the way. But, with several drivers returning for another go at the 2016 Rallye Cup, that will be easier said than done,” he said.
Beattie’s team-mate this season will be experienced Irish co-driver Martin Brady. Brady believes the Adam campaign is a shrewd move on the youngster’s part: “The Opel-backed one-make series is the right place to be this season,” Brady said. “Germany will be difficult because it is new to us both and we are up against unfamiliar stages and rallies, but once we find our feet I’m confident of some good results.”