Sat 28 Oct 2023

How Junior ERC’s Raftery is keeping busy

The 2023 FIA Junior ERC Championship might be done and dusted but that hasn’t stopped Aoife Raftery from getting behind the wheel.

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy-supported Raftery was a Junior ERC rookie this year and impressed by scoring points four times in five attempts.  

Following the completion of the Hankook-equipped Junior ERC season, Raftery has been tackling a busy schedule of events, which continues with the deciding round of the British Rally Championship this weekend ahead of her debut in the British Rallycross Championship from 4 - 5 November.

“I can’t wait to compete in my first RX150 race at Lydden Hill,” said the 22-year-old. “I’ve been rallying over the last two years, but this will be completely new for me. There are a lot of new challenges but I’m ready to take them on and I’m really looking forward to it.   

“This is a great place for me to both have fun and to also work on my car control in something that is very different to what I’m used to, especially at a historic rallycross track like Lydden Hill.”  

Raftery was the top female finisher in the two-wheel-drive category on the ERC-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August. She placed ninth in Junior ERC standings in her first season at international level driving a Peugeot 208 Rally4.

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