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Alastair Fisher and Craig Breen up for British challenge


Alastair Fisher

Alastair Fisher

Alastair Fisher

Alastair Fisher and Craig Breen are among five of Ireland's brightest young drivers who will contest the British round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge next month.

Currently in Strasbourg for the start of the World championship Rally France beginning on Friday, WRC Academy contenders Fisher and Breen will be joined for the Rally of Scotland by Robert Barrable, Jonny Greer and Mark Donnelly.

Fisher and Breen will swap their two-wheel-drive Academy Ford Fiestas for the four-wheel-drive S2000 versions to tackle the Scottish forests where Ulster's 2009 IRC champion Kris Meeke finished first two years ago.

Breen will be back on board the Fiesta he steered to victory in last year's Rally NI and Fisher re-joins Ford's World championship organisation, M-Sport, to drive the car in which he made his S2000 debut on this year's Donegal International, finishing second.

"I want to push for a strong finish but I'm also looking to build my experience of driving a Super 2000 car and to work with M-Sport again is great," said 23-year-old Fisher.

"Our pace in the WRC Academy this season has been strong, so it will be interesting to see how we can compare against the IRC regulars."

Greer, who finished second on the final round of the British championship in Yorkshire at the weekend, and Barrable will be fielding their S2000 Skoda Fabias. Greer won the Group N production category in Scotland in 2009, finishing third overall.

Donnelly is scheduled to drive an R2 Renault Clio although he was a surprise absentee in Yorkshire on Saturday.

The Scottish event, which starts from Stirling on October 7, will see the continuing battle for the IRC crown with the Skodas of current leader Jan Kopecky and champion Juho Hanninen taking on the Peugeots of challengers Freddy Loix and last weekend's Sanremo winner Thierry Neuville who are joint second.

Belfast Telegraph