Mcmanus and DMACK win­ner Arm­strong to ST Tro­phy

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North­ern Ir­ish­man Jody Mcmanus is the lat­est driver to sign up to the sec­ond sea­son of the Fi­esta ST Tro­phy, with Drive DMACK Tro­phy event win­ner Jon Arm­strong nav­i­gat­ing.

Mcmanus has com­peted in two gravel events in his ST, both with Arm­strong on the notes. He’s hop­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence greater com­pe­ti­tion in the car.

“The ST Tro­phy is the only real com­pet­i­tive chal­lenge for those cars, there’s noth­ing over here re­ally for us to race,” said Mcmanus. “It will be good to go over and see what it’s all about.

“It’s been great to have Jon on­board. He’s one of my best friends, so it’s great to have him in. He has mas­sive ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind him so there’s a lot of trust there. If he says it’s flat, it’s flat!”

Arm­strong com­peted in the DDFT World Rally Cham­pi­onship sup­port se­ries last year, win­ning in Poland and Spain. He has yet to firm up any 2017 plans (see story, right) but will co-drive for Mcmanus in the Tro­phy when­ever his plans don’t clash.

“I’ve sat with Jody a cou­ple of times, he and I are good friends,” said Arm­strong. “He’s done two gravel ral­lies, he goes well and has good po­ten­tial. He should go well in that cham­pi­onship.”

Mcmanus wants com­pe­ti­tion in ST

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