Cahal Carey will be hoping he can have a change in fortunes this month when he heads to Tasmania for Shannons Rally Launceston.
It’s been a tough start to the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC) season for the Irishman, having scored points on just one occasion thus far after finishing 11th in the first heat of the Make Smoking History Forest Rally.
At the Netier National Capital Rally, Carey finished 19th and was second last out of the classified finishers, while mechanical dramas prevented him from scoring points in the Western Australia’s second heat.
Still new to the sport, Carey has shown quite a bit of progress since joining last year, having only ever previously run in Canberra and the Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland in 2021.
Now, with Tasmania the next stop for the championship, Carey was relishing the challenge of going to another event where he has no experience.
“I am excited as it’s my first time there and the team is all excited to get down to Tasmania.” Carey said.
“At this point my aim will be to get to the finish line as I haven’t had the best of finishes in the opening two rounds.
“The first two rounds haven’t been great. We missed the first three stages in Canberra, so it didn’t mean anything after, while we only had fifth and sixth gear for the second half of the rally in WA.
“It would be great to finish the Tasmanian rally and that is the plan, although I know absolutely nothing about it so that will be a challenge.
“I have heard a few things about how nice it is but the one thing I already know and won’t be looking forward to is the cold.”
After two rounds, Carey currently sits equal 25th with Simon Jansen on the ARC standings.
The Shannons Rally Launceston takes place in Launceston on 25-26 June.
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