CA1 Sport return to tarmac at 2016 BRC Ulster Rally

by Umar Hassan

CA1 Sport will field a three-car team at the penultimate round of the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship at the 2016 John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally.

Fielding the Fuchs Lubricants and Speedline Corse-backed Ford Fiesta R5’s this weekend is Sweden’s Fredrik Åhlin and Scotland’s Alex Laffey, while Laffey’s fellow Scottish team-mate David Bogie fields the Škoda Fabia R5 at the Ulster Rally this weekend.

Åhlin, who is third in the Drivers’ Standings, will be looking to gain experience as he contests the Ulster Rally for the first time as is Bogie, who had a good run of form the previous Nicky Grist Stages round.

While Laffey has been waiting patiently for a tarmac round that he has previous experience on and will play his BRC Joker at the Ulster Rally this weekend. Meanwhile, work commitments prevent Tom Preston from competing at the penultimate round of the 2016 BRC season.

Åhlin said “The summer break is over and I’m really looking forward to round six of the British Rally Championship and my first visit to the Ulster Rally. We’ve had quite a hard season so far, with some highs but also some dark times.

“Everyone in the team has been working hard to turn this around and I am really looking forward to flying on Irish Tarmac again. Hopefully we will see the light in the tunnel next weekend!”

Bogie spoke about gaining experience at the Ulster Rally this weekend. “For me this year’s Ulster Rally is all about gaining experience with the view to return, and hopefully challenge, for the BRC title next year. Of course after our promising times on the Tarmac stages of the Nicky Grist Stages, I am really looking forward to getting the ŠKODA back onto Tarmac.”

Credit: CA1 Sport

Credit: CA1 Sport

Laffey added “I am really looking forward to the Ulster Rally as I have done this event in the past in two-wheel drive cars, however, it has since moved to a whole new location so the stages are different. This is a total Tarmac event, which is what I have been waiting for!

“On Day Two of the Nicky Grist Stages, we showed strong pace on Tarmac, and had the event only been the second day, we would have finished seventh and only a handful of seconds away from the sharp end of the leaderboard. This has left us confident that we can put in a strong performance on the Ulster Rally and make the most of our BRC Joker round.”

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