Fisher will take fight to the Finnish
The Ulster trio of Alastair Fisher, Jonny Greer and Mark Donnelly expected to be battling with Welshmen Tom Cave and Osian Pryce for the British rally championship this year.
Instead they have found themselves upstaged by a Finn, Jukka Korhonen, winner of the first two rounds of the series including the all-tarmac Jim Clark Rally.
"We expected Jukka to be quick on the gravel rallies but his pace on the Jim Clark came out of the blue. I don't think any of us expected him to win there," said Fisher.
The young Trillick driver is third in the standing, seven points behind Korhonen, going into the Scottish Rally which starts from Dumfries tonight. And not only will Fisher be aiming to step up his challenge to the Finn but he will have to shake off the disappointment of his first stage crash on last weekend's World championship Rally Italia in Sardinia which put him out of the hunt for points in the Citroen Top Driver series.
"I caught the car which had started a minute in front of me and got blinded by the dust," he explained. "It was horrendous, you could barely see beyond the bonnet. We wanted the organisers to give the WRC3 cars a two minute gap the same as the main field but they said no and I paid the price.
"I don't think dust will be a problem this weekend and I'm confident I can take the fight to Korhonen. We were very evenly matched on the Pirelli International until I got a puncture and that made the difference."
The Irish contingent also includes Desi Henry, Danail McKenna, Brenda Cumiskey, Joe McGonigle, Jon Armstrong and Timothy Cathcart.