DAR­RIAN TO MAKE STAGE RALLY DE­BUT

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Ash­ley Field will give his Dar­rian T90+ a stage rally de­but as he heads for the Manx Na­tional this week­end.

Field has cam­paigned the car in the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship this year, cur­rently sit­ting third in the stand­ings af­ter a shaft broke while he was lead­ing the last round of the cham­pi­onship at Cad­well Park.

“This is why we’ve built the car, for the nar­row and bumpy lanes,” said Field, who will be joined by Jan­ice Moore on the notes. “The Cir­cuit cham­pi­onship has been per­fect for bed­ding the car in. Ide­ally we would have done more on bumpy lanes but I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

The car has been de­signed for the Manx and Ire­land and the for­mer 205 Cup driver is hop­ing to be the cat among the pi­geons on the car’s first proper stage rally.

Ja­son Pritchard will lead the cars away, hop­ing to be­come the first driver to win the event three years in a row.

Ar­ron Newby was ex­pected to chal­lenge in his B13-spec Subaru Im­preza but a sup­ply is­sue meant he had to pull the en­try. In­stead, Pritchard’s chal­lenge is likely to come from Damian Cole and Paul Mor­ris in their 2015 Ford Fi­esta WRC.

John Stone could pro­vide a chal­lenge as fourth seed in his Ford Fi­esta S2000 with a 2.5-litre Millington en­gine, giv­ing scope to Field’s likely fron­trun­ning pace as he beat Stone on the Lee Hol­land Me­mo­rial Rally in March.

Field tak­ing Dar­rian to Manx

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