Carmichael’s Ul­ster spurs na­tional hope

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Alan Carmichael is pre­pared to com­mit to next sea­son’s MSA North­ern Ire­land Rally Cham­pi­onship on the back of his Ul­ster Rally suc­cess.

Carmichael won the two-day Tar­mac clas­sic at the wheel of a Mini World Rally Car. Not even a time penalty for late­ness to stage 11 – the re­sult of tak­ing a wrong turn – could deny the pair in change­able con­di­tions Carmichael said he rev­elled in.

“I’ve won ral­lies be­fore in a Group N car, like the Bish­op­scourt Stages, but never one on closed roads, so it was spe­cial to fi­nally do it,” he said.

“I’m think­ing of hav­ing an­other go at the North­ern Ire­land Cham­pi­onship. I fin­ished in the top three over­all two sea­sons ago but I think I could chal­lenge for the ti­tle.

“It hasn’t been pos­si­ble to do as many ral­lies this year ow­ing to other com­mit­ments but I think next year could work. It is a real pos­si­bil­ity.”

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