Jerseyman Ed Fossey moved into sixth in the overall driver standings in the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, as he chalked-up a well deserved class win on the Carryduff Down Rally in his Yokohama-backed Peugeot 208 R2.
Co-driven by Neil Colman, the 19-year old Bournemouth University student focused on claiming as many Championship points as possible, as well as gaining some valuable Irish closed road experience, in a car he’d hired from Melvyn Evans Motorsport.
Fossey was holding his own at halfway, doing well against the experienced locals and more powerful machinery. That good performance continued in the afternoon, as he powered on to finish a trouble-free 52nd overall and more importantly claim the Asphalt Championship class victory.
“The day went really well in general,” said Fossey. “Again I struggled a little throughout the morning just because of the nature of the roads – polar opposite to Belgium last time out! But once we got into the groove again it was a really rewarding day. It meant a lot to be able to get to the end of the event and have some more valuable experience from the day!
“Driving in Ireland is completely different to anywhere else I’ve experienced – feels as though you’re in the air more often than you’re going round corners, and I found because of that it was difficult to be able to feel as though I was getting a good push on. I also knew we needed to get to the end of the day so we were gaining more experience on good roads!”
Fossey is pleased with what he’s achieved in the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship so far this year.
“I think where we are at the minute we can’t complain,” he added. “With, sixth overall and first two-wheel drive in the Championship is definitely way ahead of where I thought we would be at this point in the year – but it’s rewarding to be here. I think for sure I still know there’s a lot more pace to find out of the car in the second half of the year. I need to work on set-up and driving style for certain events and situations, but hopefully by the end of the year we’ll have sorted out these little issues and be able to feel completely at home in the car.”