Tour of Sper­rins at­tracts big en­try

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

More than 80 driv­ers from both the MSA North­ern Ire­land Rally Cham­pi­onship and Valvo­line Ir­ish Forestry Cham­pi­onship will go head-to-head on this week­end’s Mcgee­han Mo­tor­sport Tour of the Sper­rins Rally.

The need to switch from Tar­mac to gravel for the first time in a decade has not de­terred com­peti­tors, who will tackle a to­tal of eight spe­cial stages through the Glen­shane, Banagher and Dav­agh for­est com­plexes.

Top seed Desi Henry (Skoda Fabia R5) heads to the rally con­fi­dent of mak­ing it con­sec­u­tive Forestry vic­to­ries fol­low­ing his start-to-fin­ish tri­umph on the pre­vi­ous round, the Moon­raker Rally.

Derek Mc­gar­rity har­bours a sim­i­lar am­bi­tion, al­beit in the North­ern Ire­land Cham­pi­onship. He cur­rently heads the points stand­ings in his Ford Fi­esta WRC thanks to his suc­cess on last month’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land.

Other driv­ers likely to chal­lenge for hon­ours in­clude Kenny Mck­instry, Derek Mcgee­han, Bren­dan Cu­miskey and BRC ex­po­nent Marty Mccor­mack.

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