Farming background: “I am from a beef and tillage farm and we have an agricultural contracting business as well. At the moment we are at the harvest. Being from a farming background driving was always a big part of the every day going-ons. Farming and contracting is a bit like racing, it’s a big team effort.
Rally driving: “My father used to bring me to Waterford Raceway in Dungarvan when I was younger, that is how I got started. I was racing down there when I was in my early teens. At the minute, I compete in the 1600 RWD (rear-wheel drive) class. The car I drive is a Toyota Corolla Twin Cam. I didn’t rally for about seven years, I was building the car and only got it finished about three years ago.
Competitions: “I came first in class 11R in the Irish Forestry Championship in 2018 and 2019. The best result I have had to date was at the Willie Loughman forestry rally which took place at the start of the year. I was the first car finished from the Carrick-On-Suir Motorclub crew. I came first in the class and the third-quickest 2WD, and finished 13th overall.
Preparing: “Running the contracting business is very time consuming, I have a few good friends that give me a hand getting ready for a rally, only for them I wouldn’t be able to take part in rallies. That is probably the reason I steer more towards forestry rallies as well. It’s a one-day event and you don’t need to recci the day before.
The feeling: “It is probably one of the best feelings in the world.”