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Mervyn Wedlock - Escort Mk2
Mervyn Wedlock's Escort MK2 with Vauxhall 2.0L 16v with our SBD Taper throttle body 270 bhp Kit

Shown right at the Loughgall Rally 2010.

Citroën Irish Tarmac Rally Championship 2010, Modified Trophy category winner

Rainbow Telecom Loughgall Country Park Rally 2010 - 2nd Overall, 1st in Class

Galway International Rally (National class) First round of the Tarmac Championship 4th Overall, 1st in Class

Loughgall Country Park Rally 2009 - 3rd Overall.

Lough Neagh Rally 2008, 9th Overall & 2nd in Class 7

Mervyn Wedlock Loughgall Rally 2nd Overall
Pacenotes November 2010 Pacenotes 60-second interviews Mervyn Wedlock in the November 2010 issue

Birth Date: 01 January 1964
Lives: Cootehill, Co.Cavan
Navigator: Damien McCabe
Rally Car: Ford Escort Mark 2
Road Car: Toyota Landcruiser
Occupation: Plant hire and civil engineer
Hobbies: "I enjoy soccer and do a bit of seven-a-side every winter to keep fit, but rallying is the big thing."
Anything else you want to say: "I have to say a big thank you to Damien McCabe, Ivan Orr, Mark Smith, Gerry Buckley and Martin Nicholl, as well as everyone else who has helped and supported me over the years."

Where did you first get behind the wheel of a car?
"The first thing I drove was a tractor when I was around 11 years old. I also remember my uncle, who was from Belfast, leaving his car with us after it had broken down on him. My brother fixed it so we all took turns driving it around. There wasn't much teaching involved - I just jumped in!"

How did you get started in motorsport?
"My brother was doing an autocross and he let me drive his car - a Mark 1 Escort R2000 - around the field. I also remember my brother taking me out for a spin in a forest. I didn't know what to expect but I loved it. That gave me the taste for rallying."

What was your first event?
"I did a night navigation with Alan Moffett in a Mark 1 Escort. He told me there was a long straight, straight through a crossroads. We went straight on alright, but it was a staggered junction, so we went straight into a field!"

How did you progress?
"I became involved with my brothers, who took me out and taught me what to do. Then I started navigating for Norman Armstrong in 1988, and I sat with him for around five or six years. I won my first rally with Norman, at the Cavan stages."
"I also sat with Trevor Henry but I decided to retire from navigating in 1993. Then, in 1995, Philip Smith asked if I would drive for him at night navigations. I told him to get someone else but in the end I did it, and that's how I became involved in the sport again."

Rally highlights?
"Winning this year's Modified Trophy is probably my biggest achievement. It took a while to sink in. It is a very good championship - very well run and the clubman were well looked after. Don Wilmont did a good job and only for him. I wouldn't have signed up for the championship."
"I told him at signing on at the start of the year that I didn't want to get involved in another championship. I thought I had done enough championships over the years but he encouraged me to give it a go. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have done it!"

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