Driving rally cars was the last thing on Neil McCance's mind back in February.
He had a kidney removed in a life-saving operation, but six weeks later he was back in his Mitsubishi Lancer on the Circuit of Ireland and now, in mid-summer, he is in with a shot at winning two championships.
Despite missing the first two rounds, McCance is within one point of the lead in the production category of the Hankook Northern Ireland championship which resumes on August 1 with the Dogleap Stages Rally.
This Sunday he can take a giant step towards winning the Irish Mitsubishi Evo Challenge when he takes part in the ALMC Stages Rally based at Gormanstown.
McCance leads the series by seven points from Liam Egan.
Further down the list is one of McCance's biggest rivals, John McGlaughlin, who joined the series late but won the last round in Cavan — thanks in no small part to a little help from his friend Neil.
McCance had been beaten by McGlaughlin on the final stage of his Circuit of Ireland comeback, but that didn't stop him coming to the rescue when the Cookstown driver ran low on tyres while leading in Cavan.
“I gave him two of my tyres for the last loop of stages and he went out and beat me,” said McCance. “That's gratitude for you!”
They resume their rivalry on Sunday when another strong finish by McCance will put him in a pole position to take the Mitsubishi series.