Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins will venture onto unfamiliar territory when they contest round five of the British Rally Championship, the International Rally Yorkshire, next Saturday.
O'Mahony and co-driver Higgins will be back in action on the gravel in their OM Concrete Products and MIS-backed Super 1600 Renault Clio on the 110-mile Pickering-based event – an event they have never contested before.
The pair have notched up two consecutive solid results across the tarmac in the BRC, finishing an impressive seventh overall in the Rally Isle of Man in July and 14th overall in the Ulster International Rally last month.
But now they are aiming for a simple class win as they head into the unknown classic loose stages of the North Yorkshire forests.
“We've only done the recce before for Rally Yorkshire, but that was two years ago so we're not very familiar with the stages at all,” O'Mahony said. “The stages are probably too quick for us and our inexperience over the stages means we're just going to target a class victory.”
The duo competed on the Fisher Engineering Lakeland Stages as a test prior to International Rally Yorkshire to get to the bottom of an engine problem they've been experiencing on the Clio and it proved useful as they discovered the issue was a faulty air temperature sensor.
“We've finally found out what was causing the problems in the engine and we've changed the air temperature sensor now so it should all be sorted for Rally Yorkshire and we're looking forward to it,” O'Mahony added. “The test was also useful to help us get used to a gravel surface again as it's been a while since we've competed on the loose.”
O'Mahony goes into the event ninth overall in the BRC overall drivers' standings whilst Higgins is eighth in the co-drivers table.