Rowan sin­gles out ‘su­per stage’ as po­ten­tial de­cid­ing fac­tor in Cir­cuit of Ire­land re­sult

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The 19-mile Glens stage has the po­ten­tial to af­fect the Cir­cuit of Ire­land leader­board more than any other stage, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship nav­i­ga­tor John Rowan.

Cir­cuit bosses have joined the Glen­dun and Torr Head stages to­gether to cre­ate the long­est test in this year’s Cir­cuit, and Rowan be­lieves get­ting it right will be cru­cial. Rowan and his team-mate Josh Mof­fett are chas­ing a strong points haul on the event to boost their Bri­tish Rally and Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions.

“I know the roads pretty well, some of them I drive ev­ery day on my way to work,” ex­plained Rowan. “I’ll use that to help Josh as much as I can when we are mak­ing our pacenotes dur­ing the recce.

“On ev­ery rally there is a stage that can shape who fin­ishes where and who ends up win­ning – and the Glens stage is one of those. Con­cen­tra­tion will be key dur­ing it. It is go­ing to be such an im­por­tant stage for us. If we can min­imise time loss on the Glens and can stay within touch­ing dis­tance of the cars ahead of us then we stand a re­ally good chance of fin­ish­ing on the podium in ei­ther one of the two cham­pi­onships.”

What could also have a bear­ing on the fi­nal stand­ings is run­ning or­der, with those reg­is­tered for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship seeded higher ir­rel­e­vant of their class. ERC R2-spec cars will run ahead of non­reg­is­tered R5 and S2000 crews on the rally. Mof­fett and Rowan are one of a num­ber of crews that have de­cided against pay­ing out for pri­or­ity seed­ing, which is said to cost around £2000.

“R2 cars are known for block­ing stages and if that hap­pens nom­i­nal times come into play,” he said. “Some will regis­ter for the ERC just to ben­e­fit from a bet­ter road po­si­tion, but it’s cer­tainly not cheap.” ● Mof­fett is seeded 39th, but is the highest seeded R5 that hasn’t reg­is­tered for ERC.

Mof­fett/rowan: third on last year’s event in Rrc-spec Fi­esta

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