We all need a change of pace sometimes, right? But what if your normal working day involves 200mph on race-bred motorcycles, conquering the longest and gnarliest road race in the world? Well then you switch things up to four wheels and hit the stage rallies in your free time.
15-time Isle of Man TT winner, and fastest man to ever lap the legendary 37.73 mile Snaefell Mountain Course, Michael Dunlop, did just that last weekend; trading his fire breathing Bennetts Suzuki GSXR1000R Superbike for his personal rally specification 1977 Ford Escort Mk.2.
In an extraordinary two-to-four wheel crossover, Dunlop finished an impressive 18th out of 75 drivers in the hotly contested national category, at the 2017 Donegal International Rally - round four of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.
The result is made even more impressive, given the ever-changing wet-to-dry conditions encountered over the 20 stage, 3-day rally. Not to mention that this is Dunlop's only competitive four wheel event of the season so far.