MCCORMACK TO YPRES
Marty Mccormack will head to Ypres in his Skoda Fabia S2000 for the second year in a row and will miss the next two rounds of the British Rally Championship as a result.
Mccormack went to Ypres for only the second time last year and finished eighth, and third of the underpowered S2000 cars. The specification is becoming more sparse as drivers upgrade to quicker R5 machinery but Mccormack is hopeful of a good result.
“We went to Ypres for the first time in the car last year,” he said. “It took us a bit of work to set-up the car in the UK but in Ypres we’ve got a really good base set-up, which is key to being comfortable and keeping up a pace.
“I had a chat with Kevin Abbring the other day and he watched the in-car [video] from last year and called me crazy! I want to go and enjoy it, that involves driving at 10-10ths and that’s the plan.”
Mccormack will miss the Scottish Rally – the next round of the BRC – as it clashes with Ypres. He’ll also miss the Nicky Grist Stages two weeks later.
Thanks to the mixed surface, the teams and drivers have three hours to switch the cars from gravel to asphalt set-up ready for the tar-covered Epynt on Sunday. This wouldn’t give Mccormack time to strip the wheel hubs, and a spares package would cost approximately 20,000 euros [£15,800].