Indian driver SD Roy and co-driver Bob Stokoe claimed a solid result on this weekend's Ulster International Rally as they finished 47th overall.

Milton Keynes-based Roy, making his debut across the Ulster asphalt, and Stokoe also ended up 14th in class two in their 1800cc MG ZR to gain more points in round four of the British Rally Championship, which they are contesting this season.

The pair had a relatively trouble-free run. Roy had a baptism of fire on the 135-mile Armagh-based event as he drove the first loop of stages on Friday evening in the dark.

He then struggled early on Saturday to get into the rhythm but he eventually found it and built up his confidence.

The only real problem the crew had was on stage 13 when on the start-line, the gear selector lever broke and they had to run the test stuck in one gear.

They lost around two and a half minutes of time across the test but after initial fears that it was a repeat of the gearbox problem they had on the Rally Isle of Man last month that left them with just one gear, the issue was fixed straight away and they continued as normal to the finish.

"It was my first time on the Ulster International Rally and I'm pleased with how it went," Roy said. "We had a good, clean run with no drama and the only problem being that one stage with the gearbox lever. I'd like to say a big thank you to the crew at M3 Motorsport for their efforts to fix it. They did a fantastic job throughout the rally to keep the car in shape, especially during those nasty wet stages on Saturday afternoon.

"It was strange doing the first few stages in the dark and I wasn't very confident at all but I got into it on Saturday, I was enjoying it and I was happy with our stage times.

"I was impressed by the rally and it's been a positive run out for us."

The result puts Roy up to joint eighth in the class R2 drivers' standings in the BRC whilst Stokoe remains eighth in the co-drivers' table.