Scottish Rally driver Stevie Brown will head to the Emerald Isle for the penultimate round of the Kick Energy Fiesta Sport Trophy, the International Ulster Rally. Partnered by regular co-driver Andrew Roughead, the Millers Oils backed team will cover nearly 130 miles of fast tricky tarmac stages. "If it's dry we can push but if it rains the roads will be treacherously slippy" explained Stevie.
Fresh from trying his hand at presenting the highlight programme for Brick and Steel 205 Ecosse Challenge Championship, Stevie says he is eager to get back in the driving seat. "It was great doing something different, and I really enjoyed doing the presenting, but there was a part of me that wished I was driving in the event."
Returning to the narrow bumpy tarmac Irish lanes for the second time, the Five Mile Garage backed driver says there's some unfinished business to attend to. "I came here last year with a new co-driver, Drew Sturrock, and wrote our own pacenotes for the first time, we were one of only a few drivers in the Fiesta Championship to do that. This year we're coming back with the ability to write good notes that we can drive quickly to and that should make a big difference."
The high speed nature of the event, and the huge levels of grip the Ford Fiesta ST is capable of generating, will see the Neil R Philip Sign Writing Services supported driver adopt a race driver like style. "Driving on asphalt all comes down to the technique, and it is comparable with circuit drivers" explained Stevie.
Stevie continues, "The car worked very well on our last tarmac outing on the Jim Clark Rally so I'm really looking forward to shakedown on Friday morning to get back into the swing of things."
The event will begin at 2:30pm as cars take part in the ceremonial start in Antrim, and with the Irish shores playing host to countless monumental battles, this years rally is sure to provide yet another spectacular show.
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