MOUNTFIELD rally ace Patrick O’Brien is set to compete in the junior section of this year’s British Rally Championship.
Competing out of the DJ Rally Hire stable, O’Brien roared to victory in the Junior Irish Forestry Championship last year and was duly nominated for the prestigious Billy Coleman Award.
The Tyrone speedster made it to the final shortlist of three after the 18-year-old caught the eye in the six-round championship.
This season the talented teenager is switching focus to the British Rally Championship and is thrilled to be driving a Mitsubishi Group N Evo 9.
“We were testing this week, it was unreal. I can’t wait to get going,” said O’Brien.
Ahead of the British Championship Patrick will compete in the first round of the Irish Forestry Championship in Carrick-en-Suir this weekend.
Last month he finished an impressive second the Icebreaker Rally, Co Antrim, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI belonging to his brother Frank.
O’Brien won stages four and five to claim runners-up 1.1 seconds ahead of Shaun Sinclair with Kenny McKinstry capturing top spot on the podium.
Patrick’s certainly enjoying the four-wheel drive experience and is relishing the opportunity to make his mark on the other side of the channel.
The British Championship runs from March through to September and includes rounds in England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland – the Circuit of Ireland and Ulster Rally.
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