Carmichael con­fi­dent ahead of Ul­ster af­ter strong Mini WRC re­turn

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Alan Carmichael is con­fi­dent of a good re­sult on the Ul­ster Rally af­ter a strong re­turn to a Mini John Cooper Works WRC.

Carmichael used the Dogleap Stages Rally ear­lier this month as a shake­down for the Ul­ster, and fin­ished sec­ond af­ter ini­tially strug­gling with the con­di­tions.

Carmichael last drove the Mcgeehan Motorsport-pre­pared ma­chine in 2014 and ad­mit­ted he sur­prised even him­self at how quickly he set­tled into it.

“When I made the right tyre call I wasn’t too far off the pace,” he said. “I couldn’t be­lieve that, hav­ing been out of the car for such a long time.”

Carmichael could have used his ex-juho Han­ni­nen Skoda Fabia for the Ul­ster Rally, but chose to stick with the Mini. He added: “I liked driv­ing the Skoda but it re­quires a to­tally dif­fer­ent driv­ing style to the Mini. I also pre­fer right-hand-drive.”

Carmichael is one of 90 crews en­tered for the Ul­ster Na­tional Rally, which in­cludes Derek Mc­gar­rity (Ford Fi­esta WRC) and Ash­ley Field (Dar­rian T90).

Carmichael took sec­ond over­all on Dogleap in the Mini WRC

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