BANDON co-driver Karl Atkinson and his Monaghan driver Sam Moffett compete in Rally GB, the final round of the World Rally championship that gets under way this Friday.
They are seeded at No 23 in their Ford Fiesta WRC and have attained FIA Priority 2 status, which is a great bonus. Previously in Rally GB Atkinson has co-driven for Galway’s Dean Raftery and American driver Chris Duplessis, so the experience will be an advantage. ‘The aim is to finish the rally, as far as a result goes I don’t know. We have Priority 2 so that’s great, if we were down the list it would be very difficult,’ said Karl.
There are 19 stages in total with Saturday the toughest day – crews will start at 5am and not finish until night time with just one service break. It will probably be the duo’s last outing in the Fiesta WRC as they plan to drive an R5 car in 2016, most likely in a dual programme involving the Irish Tarmac and British Rally Championships.
There is a very strong Irish interest in Rally GB with Kris Meeke-Paul Nagle (Citroen DS3 WRC) hoping to end the season on a high note. Elsewhere, Craig Breen (Peugeot 208 T16), Dean Raftery (Citroen DS3 R3T), Marty McCormack (Skoda Fabia S2000), Jonny Greer (Citroen DS3 R5), Paraic Duffy (Ford Fiesta R5) and Killarney’s Rob Duggan (Citroen DS3 R3T) are all competing.