Marty McCormack will complete his French odyssey this weekend on the Rallye du Var down by Saint Tropez.
The 24-year-old Draperstown driver tackles the final round of the French Citroen Racing Trophy, but his hopes of making it a hat-trick of titles in three years have ended.
Winner of the UK and Irish CRT titles in his little Re-Bound Citroen C2R2 Max in the previous two seasons, McCormack can’t overhaul Frenchman Jean-Renaud Marchal at the top of the standings.
“I can still finish second in the series and that would make my first season in France worthwhile,” said McCormack.
“It might have been different but for a puncture on the last leg of the Rallye Antibes which cost me a win and then having to miss the penultimate round, but it would be good to end the season with a win and make doubly sure of finishing runner-up.”
The trip to the south of France will also see McCormack meet with officials of Citroen Sport to discuss plans for next season.
“I’m hoping we may be able to run one of the new DS3 Citroens either in the UK or in Europe,” he added.
Meanwhile, Robert Barrable, who succeeded McCormack as Irish and UK champion, has won Motorsport Ireland’s Billy Coleman Award which carries a €50,000 prize.