WRC cars aplenty in revitalised ALMC

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This week­end’s ALMC Stages boasts 15 WRC cars in a huge en­try list as the MSA As­phalt Cham­pi­onship and Ir­ish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship fields com­bine.

The Ir­ish fron­trun­ners De­clan Boyle, Roy White (Ford Fi­esta RS WRCS) and the Im­preza of Niall Maguire form the top three en­tries, while a string of MSA As­phalt com­peti­tors also make the top 10.

Hugh Hunter has a Melvyn Evans-pre­pared Subaru Im­preza S12B for the event af­ter miss­ing the last two rounds of the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship in his Fi­esta R5. He won the event two years ago in an S11B, but has never driven the later ver­sion of the car.

“I won that rally two years ago and I did it the year be­fore that,” he said. “It’s the first time in the S12B and the first time with Aled [Davies]. It’s just a one-off thing for us.”

Just be­hind is Steve Simp­son and Melvyn Evans (both in Im­preza S12BS) and cham­pi­onship leader Damian Cole in his ex-m-sport test car, a Fi­esta WRC. Evans cam­paigns the Subaru Im­preza Manus Kelly used to win Done­gal two week­ends pre­vi­ous.

Among the trav­el­ling English con­tin­gent is the 2.5-litre Millington-pow­ered Fi­esta S2000 of John Stone and Bri­tish cham­pi­onship co-driver Jack Mor­ton. The car has com­peted on select events in­clud­ing the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship. Ash­ley Field – win­ner in the MN se­ries – will also com­pete in his Dar­rian T90+ while his son Fred is also on the en­try pi­lot­ing an Opel Adam Cup car on his third event, his first on closed roads. Jan­ice Moore and Tom Wood co-drive re­spec­tively.

Cole leads As­phalt se­ries

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