DOB: 15th November 1985
Place of Birth: Draperstown, Co. Derry
Marital Status: Single
Rally Debut: 2005
WRC Debut: Rally France 2011
Occupation: Directional Drilling Technician
Hobbies: Water sports & Skiing
• Inaugural RAC Historic Champion 2013
• Roger Albert Clark Rally Winner 2012 & 2017
• Selected to drive for Petter Solberg Team – IRC Corsica 2012
• IRC Colin McRae ‘Flat Out Award’ Winner – IRC Circuit of Ireland 2012
• IRC Circuit of Ireland 2012 Top 2WD
• 1st Overall BRC driving Sainteloc DS3 R3 – Ulster Rally 2011
• Junior British Rally Champion 2009 and 2011
• 4th Overall and 18 FST’s in MK2 Escort – RAC Rally 2007
Marty grew up in Draperstown, Co. Derry and started work in the family business of Directional Drilling at the age of sixteen. His first introduction into the rallying world was a 21st birthday present from older brother Greg, who offered the use of his Ford Escort MK2 to contest an event. Marty grabbed the opportunity with both hands and headed to Killarney where he won the Historic Rally on his competitive debut.
Marty is a highly motivated, rally driver with strong ambition to reach the pinnacle of the sport whilst balancing a thriving business and busy home life. Through raw skill he has a proven record of success in international events in the UK and Europe in front, rear and four-wheel drive. As a driver he combines exceptional pace with an enviable finishing record of over 94% and a talent for the mechanical development of whatever car he drives.
Marty has followed the rallying ladder of progression to the letter, climbing the ranks of the British Rally Championship with Citroen. Significant achievements in his early career included British Junior Rally Champion in 2009 and 2011, MSA Team UK member and a recipient of the “Outstanding Achievement Award 2011″ which was awarded “for bringing a new level of professionalism to the British Rally Championship as well as a new manufacturer in the form of Citroën, not to mention giving a front wheel drive car its first outright victory in the BRC”.
He would embark on a dynamic range of campaigns over the following years, from the French Rally Championship to selected WRC outings, it was no surprise that by 2014, he would mount an assault on the World Rally Championship WRC2 category.
During this time, the now iconic TigerRisk livery was born – and adorned the crowd’s favorite – the Skoda Fabia S2000 which contested events both at home and Europe over the next few years.
A Skoda Fabia R5 was acquired in 2017 – still with the iconic colours and Marty continued to enjoy success across Europe in four-wheel-drive machinery. This would be bolstered by his second win on the Roger Albert Clark Rally behind the wheel of his Ford Escort Mk2.
Balancing work life with rallying – Marty is never far away from a rally car and enjoys battling at the head of the field – no matter what car he drives.