DRAPERSTOWN driver Marty McCormack alongside co-driver Dave Moynihan sealed a sensational first two wheel drive victory in the British Rally Championship at the Ulster Rally last weekend.
McCormack claimed the first two wheel drive victory since 1999 and sealed Citroens first ever regional championship win.
On the opening day McCormack was in fine form and he continued his impressive form as he led the British Rally Championship competition going into the second day.
Despite the poor conditions on Friday evening McCormack held a commanding lead over current Championship leader David Bogie.
Saturday morning saw the talented Draperstown driver get off to another eye opening start. During the morning section of the final day of the competition, McCormack extended his lead over his Scottish rival by a further eighteen seconds. This pattern continued right to the end of the rally as he finished one minute and nineteen seconds ahead of Tommy Doyle in his Renault Clio in second place.
McCormack was naturally delighted of the victory in front of his home fans and stated that it had been a ‘perfect event.’
“Yes we had the pressure of doing well on our home turf but the car ran well and apart from a bad call on the tyres on one loop, we kept focused on the job in hand and have shown just what a two wheel drive Citroen is capable of.”
Sainteloc team manager Nicolas Bernardi was also delighted at the tremendous achievement by McCormack and Moynihan.
“We might have dreamed of a podium before the event but Marty has given us an extraordinary result. His pace with the car has been unbelievable. He is a great asset to Sainteloc.”
There was certainly plenty of other local interest in the rally. Nine local drivers took to the roads over the weekend and it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of rallying for all involved.
Samantha Thom and Peter O’Kane both took part in the Ulster Rally NI. O’Kane finished in 20th position overall whilst Thom was forced to retire after her car rolled off on stage five of the rally.
In the Ulster Historic Rally, John Keatley had a marvellous weekend as he finished in second place behind rally legend Jimmy McRae in the FIA Historic competition. Cookstown driver Keith McIvor was forced to retire after stage seven.
However, it was in the National Rally where most of the local competitors took to the roads. Ryan Loughran achieved an hugely impressive 4th position overall. Niall Henry was next in 9th position overall. Closely behind him was Castledawson man Joe O’Kane in 16th. Bill Arbuthnot finished in 20th position. Conor McMeel from Toome was forced to retire after stage ten of the rally..