Daniel McKenna delighted to be back on familiar tracks
With both the Irish Tarmac and National championships safely tucked away before the end of August, Donagh Kelly is taking a break, sitting out tomorrow's Galway Summer Rally.
But in the absence of the new double champion the focus swings onto Declan Boyle, a man who is intent on resurrecting his season, and Daniel McKenna who has an eye on next year.
Boyle was the double champion in 2013 but persistent problems with his once successful Subaru led to a mid-season switch to an evolution Ford Fiesta WRC and, having won in Sligo a few weeks ago, he is aiming to show the full potential of the new car.
McKenna is the reigning British champion but, after an abortive step up to the WRC3 series in the World championship, is back on more familiar territory.
However, instead of his regular Citroen DS3 R3, he will be exploring the up-rated power of an R5 Ford Fiesta, the type of car which will be in the forefront of the Tarmac championship next season.
It is, he says, a one-off for the moment but McKenna would certainly be a welcome addition to the premier Tarmac series next season, although he may also have his eyes on the WRC2 series in 2016.
Meanwhile, Craig Breen was only sixth fastest in qualifying for the European championship Barum Rally, taking place in the Czech Republic.
The times were topped by four-time winner Jan Kopecky in his factory Skoda and he elected to start first.
Breen's big rival for the Euro title, Kajetan Kajetanowicz, was third fastest and he has chosen to start one place ahead of the Irishman.