Twenty-one year old Claudy rally driver, Callum Devine, returns to the tarmac amid the Donegal hills this weekend for the Inishowen based Harvest Stages Rally.
Devine returns to the business of driving this weekend, alongside Limerick navigator Keith Moriarty, after a very successful day out at the ‘Legenderry Car Show’ in Ebrington Square a few weeks ago, giving the general public an insight into Irish Rallying with a guided tour around his Opel ADAM R2.
The Derry driver who received a free entry to ‘Wales Rally GB’ for the final round of the World Rally Championship, is coming into the Harvest Rally after having a character building event at the Ulster Rally in August.
“The Ulster (Rally) was an event of frustration for both me and Keith, getting used to a new navigator took a bit of time,” explained Devine, “Then following that we had brake problems and a few overshoots but we know the speed is there, it’s just getting everything together now and the times will come.”
The Harvest Rally starts on Saturday morning from the An Grainan Hotel, Burt with three stages completed three times and takes in stages in the Grainan, Halfway and Buncrana areas. Being the Final round of the Border Championship, the event has once again attracted a hugely competitive entry.
The Claudy driver, seeded at 47, leads the Class 2 battle away, with the current national junior champion, Cormac Phelan, seeded just behind in the Citreon R2, the major rival to the Opel ADAM R2 crew this weekend.
“I am really looking forward to getting back out in the car now. We have had a short test and we think we have got to the bottom of the brake problems that plagued us at the Ulster,” added Devine, “The event gives us a great opportunity to work on our notes for next year and might even give us an opportunity for a Billy Coleman nomination.”
We know the speed is there, it’s just getting everything together now and the times will comeCallum Devine