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Daniel McKenna set to scale heights in French Alps

By Sammy Hamill

Daniel McKenna's climb from crowd favourite in his always sideways Ford Escort to British champion has been carefully thought out.

Winning Motorsport Ireland's Billy Coleman Award in 2012 saw the Scotshouse driver change course, leaving Irish rallies behind and switching from his favourite rear-wheel-drive Escort to further his career in the British championship.

McKenna (right) won the R2 category in the BRC at his first attempt in a front-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta so impressively, he was named Pirelli Star Driver of 2013 and was rewarded with a fully funded season in a more powerful R3 Citroen DS3.

He used it to good effect to win the 2014 BRC title outright and has now set his sights even higher, starting with this week's Monte Carlo Rally where he will drive a new R3 Citroen Max in the Junior category.

McKenna steps into the unknown as he tackles the Monte which starts tonight from Gap in the French Alps. It will be his first abroad and his first time on a rally where conditions change stage to stage, from dry tarmac to snow and ice.

"We know it is going to be a difficult rally but the plan is to take no chances and try to get points early on," said McKenna.

Meanwhile, Craig Breen will hope to put the disappointment of his first stage crash on the European championship Janner Rally behind him to mount a challenge in the WRC2 category.

Breen is combining his Peugeot Academy European campaign with seven WRC appearances.

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