Stephen Wright has set his sights on a last minute return to the Belgian Rally Championship for the Sezoens Rally on the 16th of May. Stephen will pair up with Belgian co-pilot, Eddy Smeets and the international combination expect to gel quickly for this one-off appearance
Speaking this week Stephen said “I teamed up with Eddy last year for a pre-event shakedown and I was very impressed with his knowledge and ability to adapt quickly to my style of pacenotes. We never quite got the opportunity to compete together but he has worked very hard to attract some local support for what is his local event so it was too good an opportunity to miss.”
Although Stephen made the trip to Belgium on 6 occasions last year, this will be his first attempt at the Sezoens Rally. The event features 15 stages in a single day and consists of 28% gravel surface. As if this wasn’t challenging enough, the former Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year will line up against Belgian hot-shots such as Freddy Loix, Kris Princen and Vincent Verschuren.
“We faced some tough local opposition in the R2 category last year and we proved by the end of the season that we were capable of mixing it with the best. Although competing in the top tier against household names is a daunting prospect, I’m looking forward to the challenge and seeing how high we can climb the leaderboard.”
The Wright Motorsport team welcome on board new sponsors for the event in the form of Belgian kitchen company, Ixina Lommel Bree and Garage Bart Hellings, Opglabbeek who will join regular sponsors, the Killyhevlin Hotel, Wright Concrete Products, Team BDS and Lafarge Tarmac.
You can keep up to date with Stephen and Eddy by following them on Twitter @StephenWr1ght and @EddySmeets while more information on the Wright Rally Team by is available by visiting www.wrightrally.com.