Mccor­mack out of Ypres with hand in­jury

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Marty Mccor­mack has had to with­draw from this week­end’s Ypres Rally after a hand in­jury suf­fered at work.

Mccor­mack had been due to miss a round of the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship – the RSAC Scot­tish – to head to Ypres for one of his favourite events. But the in­jury put paid to his chances.

“I in­jured it at work on Fri­day,” he said. “It’s dam­aged the tis­sue in my left hand be­tween my thumb and in­dex finger. It’s lucky I didn’t break any­thing but it’s four weeks for re­cov­ery. I can move my fin­gers but I can’t grip.”

Mccor­mack was al­ready plan­ning to miss the Nicky Grist Stages, with the change from Satur­day’s gravel stages to Sun­day’s asphalt prov­ing too ex­pen­sive for his Skoda Fabia S2000 and the parts needed. Now the North­ern Ir­ish­man – who led the Bri­tish el­e­ment of the Cir­cuit of Ire­land be­fore a fuel pump is­sue ruled him out – is cer­tain he’ll be back for Au­gust’s Ul­ster Rally, the next round of the Bri­tish se­ries.

“We’re sup­posed to be test­ing Mon­day [for Ypres], it was a big call to make at the hospi­tal,” he said. “We went to see a few spe­cial­ists and they all said there’s no chance of hav­ing any grip in it this week­end.”

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