British Junior Champion praised for performance in Corsica
Undeterred by a mere 9km of experience in a four wheel drive S2000 Fiesta, Marty McCormack soon found the pace of the Hankook Fiesta S2000 holding a solid 12th place for much of the rally and delivering a competitive and mature performance for PS Engineering and Hankook Tyres.
However Corsica was not just about stage times, with temperatures soaring to nearly 30 degrees and track temperatures in the mid forties, Corsica provided ideal conditions for Hankook engineers to acquire invaluable data about the performance of their rally tyres. Marty said ‘The unrelenting right-left-right and abrasive surface of every stage really punishes tyres and gave us the opportunity to change and assess the effect of a number of different settings of suspension’ he then continued ‘I found working with the engineers in that way really made me think about how I was driving the car and I have learned so much myself over the weekend. It has been a terrific experience all round and one which I am truly thankful to Hankook and PS Engineering for making happen.’
PS Engineering team manager Graham Clayton said ‘Marty was absolutely fantastic and he adapted to the car and the tyres really well. He started the event 2.2s/km off the pace of (IRC points leader) Andreas Mikkelsen and got that down to 1.2s/km, and that is superb progress’
Petter Solberg, former World Rally Champion and the owner of PSE, said ‘Marty was super – he did everything we asked of him – and brought the car back in one piece on what is probably the most demanding event of the IRC!’
Marty came in seventeenth overall, a large rock brought out into the track on stage 4 leading to a double puncture and over four minutes dropped, ended any hope of a higher finish placing. This one-off drive has only left him wanting more as Marty added ‘The Hankook/ PS Engineering Team are first class and the car is a great step up in pace. It has been designed as a rally car rather than a conversion from a road car and that is very obvious in the sharpness of its response. It’s all very addictive – just leaves you wanting more! I know the pace is there to challenge at the front.’
The Tour de Corse is a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and takes place on the exceptionally twisty tarmac roads of the French island of Corsica. It enjoys extensive live television coverage on Eurosport and the event ran from the 9th to the 12th of May.
You can keep up to date with Marty’s progress and see some of the amazing on board footage from the weekend at www.martymccormack.comor by visiting www.youtube.com/ martymccormackrally. Marty can be followed on twitter @martymccormack