Series Leader Buys MINI WRC

Derek McGarrity, the current Carryduff Forklift MSA N.I. Rally Championship leader, acquired a MINI John Cooper Works WRC this week!

McGarrity’s car (pictured above) will be the second Mini WRC to enter the country, and is set to make its debut at this weekend’s McGrady Insurance Stages at Bishopscourt.

“I sold the S14 and was trying to get another one,” McGarrity told NIRally.com. “As it turned out, the deal fell on its face. Then Prodrive approached me and offered me a deal for the Mini that I couldn’t resist.”

Getting ready for its new home

The car, which is in World Rally Car specification rather than S2000 spec, will arrive on home shores on Friday. That will leave the Glengormley driver little time to test before Saturday’s event.

“It might work…it might not,” McGarrity admitted. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Not one to rest on his laurels, McGarrity plans on switching the car to S2000 spec next week in preparation for the Circuit of Ireland Rally.

“I want to run in the IRC class at the Circuit of Ireland,” he told NIRally.com. “So I’m going to convert it next week and then take it to Tralee for the Circuit of Kerry. Then we’ll prepare for the Circuit of Ireland.”

“Converting to S2000 spec means running a smaller restrictor, smaller brakes and I think the big spoilers have to come off,” McGarrity added. “I don’t know how much difference that will make to the performance.”

McGarrity was unsure as to which car he had actually purchased, but here at NIRally.com, we reckon it could be the car that was used by Paulo Nobre at last year’s Wales Rally GB – at least, that’s the only MINI WRC currently listed for sale on Prodrive’s website. (UPDATE 15 March: McGarrity confirms his new car is indeed OU61 DLE)

McGarrity's new car was used by Paulo Nobre at 2011 Wales Rally GB. Image: Motorsport-Italia.com

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