Rising star Callum Devine in the running for top award with big-money prize
Callum Devine is the first driver nominated for Motorsport Ireland's 2016 Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award and the chance to win a 50,000 euro prize fund.
The 21-year-old from Claudy is one of five drivers who will be chosen over the course of the year with the award winner selected at the end of the season.
The current recipient, Rob Duggan, is competing in this year's British and Irish Tarmac championships.
Devine, today competing in his local Lark in the Park Rally, was a class winner and 16th overall in the Donegal Stages Rally in January in his little Opel Adam and went on to take another class victory and 14th place against much stronger opposition in the Galway International, the opening round of the Tarmac series, one week later.
Last year he took class wins in the Rally of the Lakes and Ulster International, finishing in the top 10 overall each time.
Meanwhile, Jari-Matti Latvala was the early leader of Rally Argentina, the Volkswagen driver narrowly ahead of the Hyundai of Hayden Paddon after the first four stages.