Mul­hol­land makes gravel de­but in one-off Hyundai i20 built for a tele­vi­sion show

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Cir­cuit racer-turned-rally driver John­nie Mul­hol­land made his first com­pet­i­tive ap­pear­ance on gravel on last week­end’s Lake­land Stages Rally in En­niskillen.

The for­mer Ginetta Ju­nior Ire­land driver had his sec­ond out­ing in the spe­cially built Hyundai i20 that be­longs to his dad, Ul­ster Rally spon­sor John.

“Com­ing from track rac­ing and go­ing onto the gravel for my sec­ond ever rally was a steep learn­ing curve,” he said.

Mul­hol­land made his com­pet­i­tive de­but in the car at last month’s Dog Leap Rally fin­ish­ing 36th. He fin­ished 53rd on this event.

The 18-year-old says he in­tends to pick and choose the events he en­ters with a cham­pi­onship the long-term ob­jec­tive.

“I would love to do the full Ir­ish Tar­mac Rally Cham­pi­onship, and maybe do a few more loose ral­lies across the wa­ter as well,” said Mul­hol­land.

The Hyundai i20 is a one-off rally car that was spe­cially built for BBC Top Gear for the clos­ing round of the FIA World Cham­pi­onship. It has a 1600cc en­gine and a se­quen­tial gear­box.

Mul­hol­land: Gravel de­but

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