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Points system hurting title bid - Carmichael

Thursday, 23 March 2017

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HOW points are awarded in the Northern Ireland Rally Championship needs to be revisited by the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs because leading drivers are being unfairly disadvantaged.
The current system and the thinking behind it has been questioned by Ballymoney's Alan Carmichael who feels points are being handed out "willy-nilly" to crews who may only enter one or two rounds. Carmichael secured a top-five finish on the Bishopscourt Stages Rally this month to sit fourth in the overall drivers' standings, eight points adrift of early leader and current champion, Derek McGarrity. It follows his sixth place result on the opening counter at Kirkistown Race Circuit in early February.
However, Carmichael feels the gap should be smaller as round one winner Jonny Greer is unlikely to feature again this year as his commitments lie squarely with the British Championship in his Citroen. Similarly, Peadar Hurson - third at Kirkistown - is switching over to the National Rally Championship.
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