Last year’s Tar­mac and Na­tional cham­pion to run M-sport Ford Fi­esta

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Big names to R5 would be a boost

This is a huge scalp for the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship. Or it could be, if Kelly con­verts to R5 for­mula.

We’ve al­ready seen long term WRC man Garry Jen­nings ex­per­i­ment with a Mit­subishi Mi­rage R5 this year, and if he or Kelly could be per­suaded over to R5, it’s a big boost for the or­gan­is­ers of the ITRC.

There was some dis­con­tent over the seg­re­ga­tion of WRC cars into a ‘cup’ and out of the run­ning for the ITRC ti­tle. Most were up­set with the speed at which the or­gan­is­ers did it. When I first heard the news, I was sad that there was likely to be fewer WRC cars in the series. I hold An­drew Nes­bitt, Ber­tie Fisher, James Cullen and Eu­gene Don­nelly in very high es­teem as any, and was up­set fans wouldn’t see as much of the WRCS.

What no one could pre­dict was how many R5s there were in the series, and the speed at which they’ve been driven. Five driv­ers en­tered the last stage of the last rally with a chance to win the ti­tle. And if that’s not en­ter­tain­ing I don’t know what is.

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