Following on from a problematic run on the Malcolm Wilson rally, Ross Forde will hope for better luck when round two of the Kick Energy Fiesta Sport Trophy UK gets underway on this weekend's Bulldog Rally.
Forde is contesting a full season in the series this year in his Motorsport Ireland and Irish Sports Council-backed M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta with the support of Global Group Ireland as his prize for winning the 2008 Billy Coleman Award.
With the car having been tested ahead of the event to see if problems from the Malcolm Wilson Rally have been fixed, Forde will now hope for a solid run on the second race of the year.
"We are testing the car to check if the problems we had on the MWR have been fixed,” he said. “All the brake parts have been changed just in case, so fingers crossed. I'm looking forward to getting to do a recce for this one so it should make a big difference as I started making my own notes to the end of last year.
"I hope to spend some time with Mark Higgins at the rally school to give the car and myself another shakedown. Another co-driver change this weekend will see me with Gary McElhinney but we know each other well, he has sat with me on many rallies and I have even co-driven for him five or six times. Gary co-drove me in the past to a joint overall win in the Midland Moto Stages Junior Rally 2007.
“He has a lot of experience in co-driving for the last eight years and has even sat with Dermot Carnegie as a 00 car for Rally Ireland 2009."