Daniel McKenna, new British R2 rally champion from Scotstown, claimed a great prize for next season after a six-driver, two-day shoot-out at the Sweet Lamb complex in Wales.
The Pirelli prize will see McKenna contest next year's British championship in a Citroen DS3 R3 fully funded by the Italian tyre company and run by the DGM team from Carryduff.
McKenna won Motorsport Ireland's Billy Coleman Award last season and used the prize fund to finance a move the British championship driving an Ford Fiesta. His R2 victory, and seventh in the Scottish round, the Jim Clark Rally, earned McKenna a place in the end-of-season Pirelli shoot-out.
Yesterday McKenna was announced as the winner and takes over from Omagh's Mark Donnelly.
McKenna said: "When I moved to the British championship the aim was to get a place in the Pirelli shoot-out. Rallying is so expensive the only way to move up is with the help of funding from schemes like the Billy Coleman Award and the Pirelli competition. I can't believe I've actually won it."