CUMISKEY SET FOR RALLY NORTH WALES IN FI­ESTA BRIAN PATTERSON

“Not much sign of a deal on the Cir­cuit”

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New R5 owner Brendan Cumiskey has con­firmed his re­turn to next month’s Rally North Wales – four years af­ter he last ap­peared on the gravel meet­ing.

The Dol­gel­lau-based event takes place on Satur­day, April 2, and will only be Cumiskey’s third out­ing in his Ford Fi­esta R5 and his first in the forests.

On his last visit to what was then known as the Bull­dog Na­tional Rally the Louth­based driver fin­ished 10th over­all us­ing a Group N Mit­subishi Lancer E9.

“I took part in the rally in 2012 and re­ally en­joyed it,” Cumiskey said. “I hope to do a few more gravel ral­lies dur­ing the course of the sea­son. I feel that this is the best place for my con­fi­dence driv­ing a left­hand-drive car to grow. I find gravel is more for­giv­ing than Tar­mac to learn on.

“This will be our first run out on gravel in the Fi­esta R5 and the hope is that we can achieve a solid re­sult. I re­ally can­not wait to get go­ing.”

Cumiskey’s pri­mary fo­cus this year will be the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship.

He fin­ished sixth in class on the Gal­way In­ter­na­tional Rally and sev­enth in class at West Cork but ad­mits to be­ing overly cau­tious on the lat­ter.

“It is go­ing to take time to get con­fi­dent and for me to max­imise the car’s abil­ity,” he said af­ter switch­ing from a JRM Subaru last year. ● The reg­u­la­tions are out for Rally North Wales and the event al­ready has 122 en­tries.

Good­wood’s de­ci­sion to run a race for Ed­war­dian cars dur­ing the Mem­bers’ Meet­ing might have sur­prised some, but the im­pres­sive leviathans were bound to en­ter­tain and even be­fore the start of qual­i­fy­ing big crowds had gath­ered to take a closer look.

From the 1903 Mercedes of Gareth Gra­ham to sev­eral 1923 cars, this was a grid of re­mark­able en­gi­neer­ing from a cen­tury ago.

In a world where the curse of one-make rac­ing can make the mod­ern sport unin­spir­ing, the Ed­war­dian rac­ers are won­der­fully di­verse, rang­ing from diminu­tive hillclimb spe­cials like Win­ston Teague’s GN Wasp to vast aero-en­gine mon­sters.

Good­wood’s old­est ever race was a real hit with the crowd and will surely be re­peated.

Cumiskey will make R5 gravel de­but

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