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RALLYING: Irish adventure for Taunt and Murphy
6:00am Thursday 16th August 2012 in Other Sport
HIGHWORTH rally driver Shelly Taunt is set to test herself on the fast and tricky lanes of Antrim as she travels to Northern Ireland for the Ulster National Rally.
Taunt and her co-driver Julie Murphy will tackle 75 competitive miles over nine special stages, during an event in which they are the only all-female crew.
Only a handful of English teams have made the trip across the Irish Sea, and Taunt is excited to get going.
“This is our third time competing in Northern Ireland, with the last time being back in 2007,” she said. “We are really looking forward to the challenge, the stages are technical but are also mega fast in places.”
Taunt and Murphy will spend Thursday researching the course before the action begins on Friday, with a ceremonial start leaving from the Junction One Shopping Centre in Antrim.
From there the crews will battle it out in the opening stages, before returning the following day to determine a winner.
Co-driver Murphy is expecting a close event, with the pair aiming for a top 20 finish.
She said: “There is no room for error on this event, recce-ing is an absolute must, although changeable weather can make it a whole different ball game as the stages can change dramatically from dry to wet in an instant, making the car handling uneasy and unpredictable. “Having done this event twice before prepares us a little for what to expect, but we still have to drive to the conditions and respect the technical stages.”
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