News Letter Sports Editor keeps his cool during Circuit of Ireland rally experience

News Letter Sports Editor, Richard Mulligan, gears up for a test drive in Philip Greenlee's Ford Escort Mk II
News Letter Sports Editor, Richard Mulligan, gears up for a test drive in Philip Greenlee's Ford Escort Mk II

The 2015 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally roars into action on Thursday with some top action expected before it finishes on Sunday.

The News Letter Sports Editor, Richard Mulligan, got a little bit of a taster of what it is like to sit in the co-driver’s seat.

He joined local driver Philip Greenlee in his Ford Escort MkII - one serious piece of kit - for an in-car expierence

Richard appeared unfazed by the whole experience as you will see from the video - but seemed to enjoy it.

“Philip was great fun and he worked that Mk II to the limit,” said Richard. “I know the Nutts Corner Motorsports Centre is very different from being on a closed road in the rally, but you still get an idea of the speed.

“And you also see how hard the driver has to work.

“I have been in the cars before hence the reason for the lack of screaming and drama - mind you, if it was out on one of the stages at full tilt, it might me a little bit different,” he added.

The 2015 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally is celebrating a record number of entries in both the International (FIA European Rally Championship) and National events, for what is tipped to be an incredible Easter weekend competition across eight thrilling town centre and rural stages.

The world famous event, which is round three of the FIA ERC, has secured fifty-three crews for the international section – the highest number in the ERC this season – whilst 87 are signed up for the national contest, with a further 13 crews on a reserve list.