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Jon Armstrong aims to Erne his big chance in Lakeland

By Staff Reporter

With a record sixth Northern Ireland title already in the bag, Derek McGarrity sits out tomorrow's penultimate round of the series, the Lakeland Stages Rally, leaving the focus to switch to one of Ulster's rising young stars.

Jon Armstrong is chasing the prize of a fully-funded appearance on Britain's round of the World championship, Wales Rally GB, in the Carryduff Forklift R2 Road to Wales competition and knows tomorrow's event in his home Fermanagh forests is crucial.

Currently Armstrong is in third place behind leader Rob Duggan and Alan Smyth with two rounds remaining, but with three wins and 'dropped' scores to be taken into account, his chances remain very much alive.

"Taking maximum points on the Ulster Rally last month after a couple of non-finishes was important but now I have to do it again," said the Peugeot driver from Kesh.

Duggan, Smyth and Armstrong are all seeded together in a 100-strong line-up which is headed by the Subaru of Martin Cairns and the Ford Focus of Irish forestry championship leader Michael O'Brien.

The Tuffmac Trailers sponsored rally starts from Enniskillen at 9.30am.

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