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HAIGH-SMITH: "I'VE GROWN UP AT THIS TRACK"

South Africa’s Ashley Haigh-Smith is one of two home drivers racing in the first ever FIA World Rallycross Championship event to be held in the country this weekend, at the Killarney International Raceway. 

Haigh-Smith has been competing in rallying in Europe through 2017, but is actually the most local driver to the Killarney Circuit, hailing from just up the road. “I’ve grown up at this track, I’m only ten minutes away from here. How Killarney has involved the community to actually uplift the track has been massive and it’s only going to grow further every year. I’m looking forward to racing on Saturday and Sunday,” he said. 

The 25-year old has already driven an OlsbergsMSE Fiesta Supercar at a test in Sweden, but will race the World RX car for the first time this weekend.

“I think the biggest thing for me will be to be five cars abreast going into the first corner. You don’t want to be nudging too many people, so it’s not easy. We’ve got to be realistic, I’m here to learn and it’s a long term outlook for me to be part of the sport. It’s so action-packed and it’s grown so rapidly over the past three years. The team is great, they’ve just told me to come here and enjoy myself and that’s the best thing to put on a good show for the fans. I would really love to be in the finals, but I’ll push hard and we’ll see how it goes.”

 

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