Carmichael tar­gets North­ern Ir­ish glory

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Alan Carmichael is aim­ing to de­rail Derek Mc­gar­rity’s win­ning streak in the North­ern Ire­land Rally Cham­pi­onship this year.

Carmichael will launch his bid for the ti­tle in a Mini John Cooper Works World Rally Car af­ter se­cur­ing fund­ing to tackle all seven rounds.

Carmichael won the North­ern Ir­ish round on the Ul­ster Rally last year, his first in the se­ries. His main threat will again will be Mc­gar­rity, while Connor Mccloskey – him­self a win­ner of the se­ries in 2008 – is also ex­pected to fea­ture strongly.

“This is the sea­son I am re­ally go­ing to push,” said Carmichael. “I’ve wanted to win the cham­pi­onship for a long time and I’m not start­ing the sea­son with the in­ten­tion of fin­ish­ing sec­ond again.

“Given every­thing that hap­pened at the Ul­ster I proved to my­self – and other peo­ple – that I have what it takes.”

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