He won in contentious circumstances last year and now Darren Gass will be back to bid for a second successive victory in the Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally at the end of the month.
Fresh from winning the ALMC Rally at the weekend, 23-year-old Gass has confirmed he will defend his title in the North Armagh Club’s popular park event on July 30 where he will drive an S10 Subaru.
Gass used the Niall Maguire WRC Impreza for the first time in the Dublin-based ALMC Rally on Saturday, leading from start-to-finish to beat a field featuring the leading contenders in the UK Asphalt Championship including series leader Damien Cole.
Now the former British junior champion from Armagh is turning his attention back to Lurgan Park where he won last year after escaping a potential penalty for inadvertently cutting short one of the hairpins. The stewards ruled he did not gain an advantage although that did not sit well with some drivers, notably Derek McGarrity who had been contesting the lead with Gass.
They will go head-to-head again this year alongside the Lurgan Park master, 11-times winner Kenny McKinstry, as well as former NI champion Denis Biggerstaff and current Irish Tarmac championship leader Kevin Barrett, all in Subarus.
Wesley Patterson, Adrian Hetherington, Camillus Bradley and Frank Kelly head up the entry list in the Ford Escort Challenge while Circuit of Ireland legend Jimmy McRae will take part in the historic category driving a Vauxhall Firenza.
As a prelude to the main event, the organisers are staging a Preview Spectacular on Saturday, July 23, between 11am and noon at Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon, where Kenny McKinstry and Wesley Patterson will be doing demonstration runs and there will be family orientated activities with prizes and rally car displays, including an ex-Stig Blomqvist Audi Quattro and ex-Ari Vatanen Rothmans Ford Escort.