Daniel McKenna to challenge Alastair Fisher for glory in Wales
Nearly a dozen Irish crews will roll over the start ramp of Wales Rally GB in the Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay, tomorrow night. From Kris Meeke to 23-year-old Dean Raftery, they all have dreams of glory on Britain's round of the World championship.
Meeke is the star name, of course, but drivers like Marty McCormack, Alastair Fisher and Daniel McKenna are also among a strong Irish contingent, each with their individual aims.
Fisher has been among the fastest drivers in the WRC3 Junior championship but the title has already gone to French rival Stephane Lefebrve. Fisher is intent on not just finishing runner-up but ending his JWRC career with another win.
Intriguingly, his biggest challenge may come from close to home. McKenna, from just across the border in Monaghan, is the new British champion and makes his WRC3 debut in his Pirelli prize Citroen DS3, a car identical to Fisher's and from the same DGM stable at Carryduff.
McCormack also wants to end the season with a flourish after a disappointing run in the WRC2 division. A combination of inexperience, errors and problems with the Fiesta run by the Italian A-Style team has left him disappointed and frustrated.
However, he won the RAC historic championship in the Welsh forests last year and they offer him the opportunity to show he is better than his results suggest.
Jonny Greer, in a third DGM Citroen, Josh Moffett, Phillip Morrow and Brenda Cumiskey, all driving Mitsubishis in the production category, and young British R2 class champion Raftery in his Fiesta are also in the starting list.