Kris Meeke will have some familiar faces around him when he turns out for the return of rallycross to Northern Ireland later this month.
Circuit of Ireland winner Eugene Donnelly and Kenny McKinstry, who won the national section of the Easter rally, are both expected to take part in the Fuchs Open championship meeting at Nutts Corner on April 25/26.
They will all drive little RX150 buggies in support races to the main event.
Meeke, who will shortly be heading off for round three of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in the Azores after winning round two in Brazil, has driven these funbuggies several times in the past and, indeed, is unbeaten.
Donnelly also drove one at a Croft meeting recently with what he describes as “limited success” while they are all new to McKinstry although he is a former rallycross champion.
It is all part of efforts to jazz up the return of rallycross to Ulster after a five year gap because of a number of issues at the Nutts Corner circuit.
Now, under new management, it hosts the first meeting since 2004 with an Ulsterman, Derrick Jobb, leading the Open championship.