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In The Hot Seat With John Boland

Name: John Boland

Birthday: 26th December

Lives: New Ross Co. Wexford

Occupation: student at Waterford Institute Of Technology

Rally car: Ford Escort mk2

Road car: Ford Racing puma

MotorClub: Carrick on Suir Motor Club

What’s on your ipod? Don’t have one

Favourite rally of the year? Donegal International rally

Favourite rally driver? Liam Howlett🤣🤣

First the memory of rallying? Going to watch my father Seamus compete in the mk2 challenge in carlow in 2007

When was your first rally? Ravens Rock rally in Waterford last year

When Your Not Rallying What Do You Do For Fun? That’s a tough one rallying is the only sport for me really

Favourite food? Can’t beat a roast dinner

Do you have any frustrating memories in rallying? This year has been frustrating for us because we have had 2 none finishes from 2 starts due to mechanical issues but hopefully all that is behind us and we can get the all important seat time

Who is your favourite rally driver of all time and why? Has to be Craig Breen, just unbelievable in any car or on any surface, also to have won 2 world titles proves his ability

If you won the lotto what would be your dream rally car and why ? Ford Fiesta R5, there a purpose built rally car would really love to get a spin in one some day

What is in your rally bag on a weekend? This year it’s been my gear as we’ve only got 3 stages but hopefully our luck will change

What’s your plan for the year 2018? Wexford rally in september and really enjoyed the killarney historics last year so plan to do that again

Would you like to thank any one? There is so many people to thank but i can’t thank my Mam and Dad enough. It wouldn’t be possible to do what I love without them. The support they have given me ever since I started racing up to now has been unreal. Also to David from Dme for fabricating my car, Paul at PT motorsport electrics and Shane at Stafford performance engines for getting the car to where it is. Jim and Johnny keating for all there help with my father’s car as I’ve used that a few times when building my own. Finally Gavin Downey and William Treacy for sitting into the passenger seat over the past 2 years.

Who are your Sponsors
Boland Motors New Ross Main Ford dealer and a big thanks has to go Richie, Trudie and Michael at Trudies kitchen New ross for coming on board and for all the support over the last year

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