No­to­ri­ous Rousky stage will re­turn to Ul­ster

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This year’s Ul­ster Rally will fea­ture the re­turn of the in­fa­mous Rousky stage, one Matthew Wil­son once la­belled as the most chal­leng­ing in the BRC.

Event clerk of the course Gary Mil­li­gan be­lieves the stage is more like an Isle of Man test in na­ture with plenty of tricky parts in­clud­ing a de­mand­ing right-left sec­tion.

“It’s a bit like an Isle of Man stage,” said Mil­li­gan. “Up over moor­land with cat­tle grids, you’re go­ing pretty fast and sud­denly there’s an un­seen right. It be­comes a bit of a grave­yard for cars. It was 2004 or 2005 we had five or six cars in the bog on that cor­ner.”

Wil­son echoed Mil­li­gan’s views on the tricky sec­tion when de­scrib­ing the chal­leng­ing test to MN in 2005.

“One bit in par­tic­u­lar is very de­cep­tive,” said Wil­son. “You’re driv­ing across a moor on a tight, sin­gle-track road and you come over a crest. It looks as though the road goes straight on, but it ac­tu­ally leads into a slow right and left-hand com­plex. It’s very easy to get things wrong.”

Wil­son con­firmed that if he could do the event in 2016 then Rousky would be a draw: “That would be one of the stages I’d look for­ward to and maybe one you’d pay a bit more at­ten­tion to on the recce as well.”

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