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Higgins becomes Rally Isle of Man patron

Fri, 09 Mar 2012  08:14


Mark Higgins, one of the foremost names in the world of rallying, has accepted an invitation from Rally Isle of Man to become the event's first Patron.

Amongst his many claims to fame, Manxman Mark, now based in Wales, holds the record for most victories on the event, uniquely including wins in Formula 2, World Rally Car and Production eras that helped land 3 British Rally Championship crowns.

His 5 victories started in 2000, but it was stellar drives on his home rally as far back as the early 1990s that helped make his name and set him on the path that has seen him drive with factory teams for Vauxhall, Nissan, Renault, Ford, Volkswagen.

John Gill, Rally Isle of Man Chairman is delighted that Mark has accepted the role: “We are proud to have a Manxman accept the position as our first Patron, and it will be a huge boost for the event to have our own ‘local hero’, synonymous with this event, at the top of the letterhead.”

“More importantly Mark’s knowledge and experience will hopefully prove a terrific sounding board for the exciting ideas we are currently working on, and who knows, we may even encourage him into a car come September!”

Mark has welcomed the opportunity to take on the role: “The Manx has always been a very special event for me and the reason I was lucky enough to fulfil my dream to become a professional driver.”

“This is a great honour and I hope we can all work hard to get the event back to where it deserves to be, as one of the most unique and best tarmac rallies in the world.”

The event returns to the famous Manx lanes on 21st-22nd September, allied with the Duke Stages Rally promoted by Druidale Motor Club, and further details will be announced soon.

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