Declan Boyle enters Donegal in left-hand drive car
Declan Boyle heads a capacity entry list for the Joule Donegal International Rally on June 19-21 - but not in the S12B Subaru Impreza in which he won an Irish Tarmac and National championship double last year.
Instead, Boyle is awaiting delivery of the new evolution version of M-Sport's WRC Ford Fiesta, a car which made its debut on the World championship in Portugal only 10 days ago.
Last year, he and co-driver cousin Brian were the first Donegal winners of their home international in 30 years and, determined to repeat their historic victory Boyle has abandoned the Subaru after a string of problems this season and opted for one of the latest Fiestas.
However, the switch poses some problems for him. He doesn't expect it to arrive until the week of the rally, leaving little time for acclimatisation, and it will be left-hand-drive, a configuration he has never used in competition before.
Both of Boyle's titles look to be on their way to fellow Donegal driver Donagh Kelly who will line up at No.2 in his Ford Focus ahead of the Subarus of Garry Jennings and Derek McGarrity with Darragh O'Riordan at five in a first generation 1600cc WRC Fiesta.
Craig Breen is adding Donegal to his World and European championship schedule, driving a Ford Escort, as is motorcycle ace Michael Dunlop who is made his rally debut in 2014.