Fastest Manx Man Joins DMACK British Champions

Fastest Manx Man Joins DMACK British Champions

This year’s MSA British Rally Champions, Welsh duo Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry, will be joined by the fastest Manx man on four wheels when the DMACK British Rally Team tackles the final round of the series next week.

Mark Higgins and Darren Garrod will join the newly-crowned champions for Rally Isle of Man – the island where triple BRC champion Higgins stamped his authority as the fastest driver earlier this year.

He smashed his own TT lap record for a car, setting an awesome average speed of 128.7mph around the world famous course in June. And the James Bond stunt driver will be aiming to challenge the BRC’s leading drivers for a sixth victory on his home round of the championship next week.

Higgins will be piloting a Palletforce-backed Ford Fiesta R5 for the first time on Tarmac when the event kicks off from Douglas on Thursday evening, and he completed a systems check and seat-fitting at M-Sport on Thursday in preparation. Higgins acknowledges it will take a few stages to reach the pace of the championship regulars but hopes his experience of the Manx roads will help bridge the gap.

While the championship pressure may be off for Evans and Parry, after sealing the title with a dominant victory on the Ulster Rally last month, the pair are still chasing a fifth win this season in their Autotek-run Fiesta R5.

Evans has only competed on the event once previously but he’s hoping to master the bumpy lanes and high-speed roads that the rally traditionally includes.

All DMACK-equipped competitors will have access to the same DMT-RC2 range which sealed a dominant victory in Ulster – mastering wet, dry and muddy asphalt roads. After clinching the BRC1, BRC2 and Junior BRC titles, DMACK now has its focus on the final major remaining accolade, the BRC championship for teams, which it leads by 23 points.

Rally Isle of Man is based at the TT Grandstand in Douglas and gets into gear at 7pm on Thursday evening with a mile-long blast along the sea front promenade before crews tackle two evening stages.

Friday offers six timed tests stretching the length of the island including famous runs through Druidale and Round Table – often made difficult by fog and mist blown in across the Irish Sea.

The rally draws to a close on Saturday with another six stages, culminating with the 13.15-mile Classic test which finishes in front of the TT Grandstand.

Elfyn Evans said: “Despite having only competed once before, I really enjoy the stages on the Isle of Man. There are some classic roads and a real mix of characteristics – from narrow and bumpy to fast, flowing and wide. With the drivers’ championship sewn up, our focus is on the teams’ championship and helping to secure another title for DMACK.”

Mark Higgins said: “I’m really looking forward to the event and it’s great to see it return to a classic three-day format. It will be a challenge and take me a while to settle in to driving the car on Tarmac for the first time, but it’s exciting to be competing against so much competition. There are six guys who could win the rally and I’m hoping to be one of them by the end of the weekend.”

2016-09-09

Fastest Manx Man Joins DMACK British Champions
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