Carmichael confident ahead of Ulster after strong Mini WRC return
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).