O’Connell ready for Western Australia Rally Championship season-opener this weekend

Perth-based Kenmare co-driver Murish O’Connell returns to action this weekend on the Bakers Hill Rally, the opening round of the Western Australia Rally Championship. 

O’Connell and his Zimbabwean driver Glenn Cawood came agonisingly close to winning last year’s Clubman Cup category in the championship. An off-road excursion followed by a small fire on the final round, the Darling Safari Rally, last October ended their championship hopes. 

The Mitsubishi Lancer crew are back for another crack at the title – they are the second seeds in Saturday’s season-opener and hope to put last year’s misfortune behind them. 

“The entry list is looking strong across all classes, and it should make a great event,” said O’Connell. “We’re looking forward to the new season, and getting back out on the stages in Bakers Hill.”

The crew has been busy in the off season and have upgraded their car for the year ahead. 

“It’s been a busy few months since the last event, with quite a bit of work to do on the car.

“Testing a new suspension setup has been positive,” he added. “And now we are just keen to get back out there and see if we can be on the pace again.” 

Several other Irish drivers and co-drivers are entered in the event, most notably Monaghan’s Mac Kierans who is co-driving for Max McRae, son of Alistair and nephew of the late Colin and grandson of Jimmy. 

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