Multiple rallycross champion Tony Lynch is to return to his rallying after being offered the chance to contest the Germaines of Baltinglass GSMC Mini Stages Rally in October.
Westhoughton-based Tony will take time out from his programme in the Super Modified class of the BTRDA Rallycross Championship to take part in the event, which will mark his first rally appearance for well over a decade.
It will also be his first outing on the tarmac stages of Ireland since taking class honours in a Vauxhall Astra in the Ulster International back in the 1990s.
Tony’s rallying return will see him at the wheel of a Peugeot 106 owned by local driver Alistair Fingleton, with the car being run by Fingleton’s ETS Motorsport team.
Alistair’s brother-in-law John Greene will sit alongside Tony for the six stage long event, which will take place on Sunday 19th October.
With Tony currently in the midst of a break between rallycross events, and with the blessing of his hard working Lucas Oils Team Geriatric squad, he will now head to Ireland this coming weekend for a seat fitting and his first test in the car to help bring him back up to speed on the rally stages.
“It’s not been an easy year for me and my own team because of the way we were forced to change our rallycross programme at the last minute, but we’ve done a good job in modifying our car and are working hard on a return to the British Championship in 2015,” he said. "That is my focus and although I was successful in rallying earlier in my career, it’s not something I expected to do again.
"It all came about by chance as I was visiting John while on holiday and we went to watch a rally. We were just talking, and then out of the blue when I was back home, I got a call offering me the chance to drive Alistair’s Peugeot. I knew it didn’t clash with my rallycross commitments, so I jumped at the opportunity.
"Although it would be nice to make it an annual thing, it’s just a one-off at the moment and I have no plans to return to the rally stages full time. However, I couldn’t turn down the chance to do the event and I’m looking forward to trying the car out for the first time this weekend. Hopefully we can have a good test and I can get up to speed quickly.
“It’s all about having some fun and the only instructions I have are to keep the car in one piece and bring it to the finish. I can’t wait!”