Alastair Fisher will be making a welcome return to the Irish Tarmac scene for the coming season as he announced his commitment to the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship in 2016.
The Fermanagh driver will have Gordon Noble on the notes and will campaign a Ford Fiesta R5 run by Dom Buckley Motorsport. It was 2010 that Alastair last competed on the full series, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Group N when he claimed the GPN title and since then much of his rallying has taken place on the world stage. He is however looking forward to rallying back at home on a regular basis again.
“I’ve had some fantastic experiences in the WRC over past few seasons claiming victories and podiums in the WRC Academy and JWRC categories. However I’m very much looking forward to rallying back at home for the coming season and it promises to be very competitive with the new rules in place.”
He also feels that the increased competition between the R5 & S2000 cars will create a great spectacle. “I feel the R5 & S2000 competition will be intense which will lead to some great battles throughout the season as these cars can be spectacular when pushed hard. It will also be nice to have the Fisher name back out competing for the Irish Tarmac Championship.”
Alastair has the advantage of having done most of the events before, with the one exception being the West Cork Rally where he has never competed. With the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally just under four weeks away his announcement is another welcome boost for the T.R.O.A. as the 2016 season has the potential to be one of the most competitive in years.
Image from Marc Quinlivan Photography from the Circuit of Ireland 2015.