Don­agh Kelly con­sid­er­ing BTRDA switch to gravel

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Don­agh Kelly is eval­u­at­ing a switch to the BTRDA Rally Series af­ter en­joy­ing his first out­ing on gravel for two years.

The 2015 Ir­ish Tar­mac and Na­tional cham­pion sam­pled a Ford Fi­esta R5 for the first time on the Grizedale Stages last month, and was taken aback by the new ma­chin­ery hav­ing com­peted in a Ford Fo­cus WRC07 in his ti­tle-win­ning sea­son last year.

The Ir­ish­man crashed out on stage three while lead­ing the event against strong com­pe­ti­tion.

“The pace was good un­til we went off the road,” said Kelly. “It’s been a while since I’ve done a gravel event and the stages were pretty slippy there. We were hav­ing a good run through the long stage and half a dozen cor­ners from the end we got caught out on a slippy cor­ner. I was taken by it [the Fi­esta]. It was such a nim­ble car and han­dles so well. It’s cer­tainly got us think­ing what we should be do­ing next year. I re­ally en­joyed be­ing back out on the gravel ac­tu­ally.

“There was cer­tainly a dis­cus­sion about the BTRDA, a year to learn it and then have a go. We’ll see. We’re cer­tainly go­ing to weigh up the op­tions. I spend a lot of time in the UK most weeks any­way. I was very im­pressed with the car.”

Kelly led in early Grizedale

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