Cullen re­turns to Done­gal 25 years af­ter win in fa­mous pink Ford Sierra Cos­worth

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James Cullen is mak­ing his re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion on this month’s Done­gal Na­tional Rally in a 2.5-litre Vaux­hall-pow­ered Ford Es­cort built by Ryan Loughran.

This year’s three-day event marks the 25th an­niver­sary of Cullen’s maiden vic­tory on his home rally in a Ford Sierra Cos­worth. He fol­lowed that up with fur­ther suc­cess in 1999 us­ing a Subaru Im­preza. “We’re at the point now where we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to Done­gal,” said Cullen, who said the ini­tial idea was to come back in a replica Ford Sierra known as the ‘Pink Pan­ther’. “Ev­ery­one of a cer­tain age would re­mem­ber the pink Sierra, we won our first rally in it, and the plan was to repli­cate that but we couldn’t ac­tu­ally find a Sierra that would do three stages!

“For ev­ery­one in­volved with this, it’s a trip down mem­ory lane. It’s a very nos­tal­gic thing. This is some­thing I thought would never hap­pen again.

“I’ve been out of the driv­ing seat for 10 years, but it will be fan­tas­tic when the time comes and we head over the start ramp.”

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