Wright is Belgium Bound!
February 20, 2014 by Art McCarrick
This weekend marks the beginning of Stephen and Susanne Wright’s European adventure as the pair get ready to tackle the Haspengouw Rally, the opening round of the BFO Belgian Rally Championship
Stephen, who is the current Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year, is keen to build on his recent successes in Ireland and feels the Belgian championship can provide the challenge he is looking for in 2014. Speaking this week Stephen said: “European tarmac is extremely specialised and the roads in Belgium even more-so, not to mention the high standard of competition out there. We are venturing outside our comfort zone but looking forward to a new challenge and developing our skills as the year progresses.
Accompanying Stephen will be his sister Susanne who will call the all-important pacenotes and they will play a key role on the tricky Belgian roads over the weekend. Susanne takes up the story. “Although most of my job will be largely the same as at home there will be a bit of a language barrier to deal with and some differences in the operations of time controls. A lot of people have helped and offered advice in the run up to the event so hopefully all the planning will pay off!
The Haspengouw Rally is based in the town of Landen in central Belgium and the Wright Rally Team will land there late on Thursday evening ahead of scrutineering on Friday before the rally starts in earnest on Saturday. The event will consist of 13 tricky stages and should provide a stern test for Stephen and Susanne who are keen to get their championship campaign off to a steady start in the Killyhevlin Hotel and Irish Sports Council backed Peugeot 208 R2.
Additional information on the Haspengouw Rally can be found at www.rallyvanhaspengouw.be. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenWr1ght and more information on the Wright Rally Team by is available by visiting www.wrightrally.com.