Kris Meeke comes out fighting in bid to prove his quality
A defiant Kris Meeke showed he is not going to be slowed by his recent run of accidents by setting the joint fastest time with World champion Sebastien Ogier on the shakedown stage ahead of last night's Rally Argentina ceremonial start.
Under pressure after crashing on each of the first three rounds of the World championship, Citroen driver Meeke still demonstrated his fighting spirit by equalling Ogier's Volkswagen, the two of them almost two seconds clear of Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg.
On the racing front, saloons take centre stage at Kirkistown tomorrow with four races scheduled, including the return of Stephen Traub, who proved to be the master in his Honda Integra at the opening 500 Club meeting last month.
He won both races ahead of James Turkington, younger brother of reigning BTCC champion Colin, who has stepped up from Ford Fiestas to a Seat Cupra.
Formula Ford will also feature as the battle for points in the Northern Ireland championship continues. Adrian Pollock is currently top of the table after a win and a second place at the March meeting. His main challenge is likely to come from Martin Donnelly Trophy winner Alan Davidson and Jake Byrne.