Henry to fo­cus on Bri­tish ti­tle charge

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New Ir­ish For­est Rally cham­pion Desi Henry says the MSA Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship will be his sole pri­or­ity next sea­son af­ter scor­ing two top-three fin­ishes this sea­son.

Henry scored a podium on the RSAC Scot­tish Rally in May and fol­lowed that up with third over­all on the Nicky Grist Stages in July aboard his Skoda Fabia R5.

With that ex­pe­ri­ence un­der his belt and some early set-up is­sues with the Czech ma­chine ironed out, the Port­glenone man feels he is in a strong po­si­tion to win ral­lies next year.

“We tack­led rounds of the Bri­tish and the Ir­ish cham­pi­onships this sea­son but next year it’s all go­ing to be about the Bri­tish,” Henry said. “The car gave us a lot of prob­lems for the first six months – we strug­gled to find a set-up I was happy with and that left us on the back foot.

“Given our re­cent per­for­mances and where we are with the car, I’m now much hap­pier and next year I be­lieve we can fin­ish some­where in the top three po­si­tions [on events]. On the sec­ond half of the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship I proved that I can be as quick as any­one else on both gravel and Tar­mac. The speed is def­i­nitely there.

“With a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the cham­pi­onship and what it’s about I think we can do well. We’ve done all the ral­lies ex­cept for Ypres [the new-for-2017 round] but that’s OK.”

Henry has gone well in his Skoda Fabia R5

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