Morrow eyes triumphant return
It's more than a year since Phillip Morrow was in rally action but the former Mitsubishi UK team driver is making an early start to 2016.
In the absence of six-time Northern Ireland champion Derek McGarrity, Morrow will head the line-up for the Mid Antrim Club's Icebreaker Rally, a non-championship forest event which will see the demanding Slieveanorra Mountain stage used for the first time in more than six years.
Morrow, whose last appearance saw him win the production category on Wales Rally GB in 2014, is back on board his Mitsubishi Evo 9, a prelude he hopes to a return to the British championship this year.
McGarrity is seeded top of the entry list but with a potential buyer in the wings for his Mini WRC, he has decided not to risk it and will instead take a back seat until the New Year Stages at Kirkistown later on in the month.
Lining up against Morrow will be another multi NI champion, Kenny McKinstry, who plans to field his S14 Subaru alongside the similar car of Martin Cairns. Enda McNulty (Subaru) and Niall Henry (Mitsubishi) complete the top five ahead of the leading Ford Escort drivers, Adrian Hetherington, Oran Donnelly and Seamus O'Connell.
Sponsored by Carey Cleaning Machines, the rally is based at Glenravel GAA grounds with the Slieveanorra and Beaghs stages repeated three times, starting from 10.30am.