Newly crowned BRC Rally Two champion Dean Raftery says he hopes to compete on selected rounds of the Junior European Rally Championship next year. The Galway driver spoke about his future plans while reflecting on a very successful season in the British Rally Championship.
Rafferty has been on fire this year and capped it off with multiple championship wins with his Fiesta R2 including the BRC2 class, the FiestaSport Trophy and the RAVENOL Oils Newcomer championship alongside navigator Aileen Kelly.
Speaking to Maximum Power Rallying Raftery said “It’s been a great year for us, we started the season with the aim of winning all the championships we entered and we achieved it. Taking third overall in the BRC standings was a great feeling too.”
The Galway man had a drama filled final round on the Rally Isle of Man. A roll on Thursday night almost put them out of the event, “It was a downhill section into a hairpin left we just cut it a little two tight and she went onto her roof. The damage put us out and I thought that was our championship over. The team and I were up till five in the morning repairing the car it was a brilliant effort by everyone.”
As part of his prize for his BRC success Dean earns a free entry into the final round of the
WRC, Rally GB. The Galway driver says his plans for the event will be starting soon. “Our preparations will hopefully be starting next week and I’m really looking forward to it. There will be a great Irish contingency there with the likes of Daniel McKenna, Kris Meeke and Alastair Fisher. We’ll be bringing the Fiesta to Wales to compete with the best and it’ll be tough on the car and tough on me.”
Looking towards 2015 Raftery is hoping to compete in the Junior European Rally Championship. “With the British Rally Championship not running next year we will be looking to compete on selected rounds of the JERC. It’s a fantastic series that offers drivers a lot of exposure and competition. It will be a great test for me. ”
With many people tipping him for the Billy Coleman Award this year Dean Raftery is going from strength to strength. Early indications would suggest that 2015 will see a lot more Irish competitors rallying in Europe next year and with morale and performance high for the Galway man 2015 will be an interesting year!
Dean’s 2014 campaign was aided by his sponsors Bluebird Care, Craughwell Tyre Services, King Car Parts and Black Hawk Fuels.