Costello family back in a rally car for the first time since horrific fire  

Costello family back in a rally car for the first time since horrific fire  

 

The Tarbert-based Costello family were back in a rally car, last weekend, for the first time since a serious accident three years ago.  

Father Jason and daughter Megan were badly injured in a crash on the Circuit of Munster in June 2018. Their Ford Escort Mk2 went on fire as a result of the accident and they both suffered serious burns in the aftermath. 

Since the accident, son Mossy, took up rallying. He contested a few forestry rallies in the latter part of 2019 and in the early part of 2020, before COVID-19 restrictions shut the sport down.  

The family were in the process of building a Hyundai i10 rally car for Mossy to use in Junior rallying when the first lockdown raised its ugly head.  

Last Saturday was the first chance he got to use the new car – on a Rallysport Association sprint – at Ballykelly, County Derry and he invited his father and sister to co-drive on the event to mark the first time both Jason and Megan were able to compete since the accident. 

“I hate the co-driver’s seat but I was happy to be able to watch Mossy and see how committed he is,” said Jason.  

“Megan was very nervous in the morning, but she settled down and eventually got into the car. It was a well-run event, and nice and relaxed so she got better as the day went on and even sat in with different drivers as the rules in a Rallysport Association event allow that.”  

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