Alastair Fisher is the lone Ulster driver seeded in the top ten for next week’s Rally of the Lakes, round three of the Irish Tarmac championship.
In the recent past drivers from Northern Ireland have dominated the Killarney-based event with Kris Meeke, Andrew Nesbitt, Derek McGarrity, Eugene Donnelly and Stephen Finlay all winners in the past decade. Indeed, Fisher’s uncle, the late Bertie Fisher, is the Lakes’ record holder with six victories.
But in a reflection of the changing times, Alastair, who caused a sensation by leading the Easter Circuit of Ireland in his Group N Mitsubishi, is seeded at No.4 and the only other Northern Ireland driver in the top 20 is his fellow production class competitor Jonny Greer at No.11.
Both Fisher and Greer will also be in action this weekend on round two of the British championship, the Pirelli International, before then heading on to Killarney.
Last year’s winner Tim McNulty heads the Lakes entry list with current Tarmac championship leader Gareth MacHale at two and Craig Breen at three in his Super 2000 Ford Fiesta.
Rally of the Lakes top 10: 1 Tim McNulty (Subaru Impreza), 2 Gareth MacHale (Ford Focus), 3 Craig Breen (Ford Fiesta), 4 Alastair Fisher (Mitsubishi Lancer), 5 Denis Cronin (Subaru Impreza), 6 Paul Bird (Ford Focus), 7 Aaron MacHale (Ford Focus), 8 Daragh O’Riordan (Subaru Impreza), 9 Alan Ring (Mitsubishi Lancer), 10 Colm Murphy (Subaru Impreza).