Daniel Heads For Home!
April 24, 2014 by Art McCarrick
Daniel McKenna heads for home this weekend when he tackles his local event, the Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan Stages Rally. Following on from a very successful Circuit of Ireland debut in the Pirelli Star Driver Citroen DS3 last weekend, Daniel will revert back to his Mark 2 Escort for Monaghan to resume his Pirelli tyre development programme.
“Heading to my home rally on the back of such an encouraging performance on the Circuit is great and it’s also an opportunity to get more seat time in before the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally the following weekend. It’s the opening round of the British Championship and that’s very much my focus this season but it’s always good to drive the Escort and especially on home stages.
Indeed, Daniel is a previous outright winner of this rally having taken the spoils in 2012, but he’ll face very stiff competition this year. 5 World Rally Cars and a 4 wheel drive Group N Mitsubishi are all seeded ahead of Daniel, not to mention the competition he’ll face from top 2 wheel drive exponents like Gary McPhillips, Rodney Wilton, Manus Kelly and Dessie Keenan to name just a few.
“The 2 wheel drive competition will be fierce, it always is in Monaghan. I had a great battle with Gary McPhillips for the win 2 years ago but my real job this weekend is to give feedback to Pirelli on the tyres but to continue on the good form and confidence from the Circuit which will be a major boost to my BRC campaign.
Daniel McKenna and co-driver Arthur Kierans had only planned to use the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland as a high-speed test ahead of their British Rally Championship campaign but their Easter weekend in a sun soaked Ulster couldn’t have gone much better. The Circuit of Ireland was Daniel’s first meaningful drive in the Citroen DS3 R3T yet he finished an amazing 6th overall and top 2 wheel drive car. However, due to a busy schedule, Arthur won’t be navigating for Daniel this weekend and Stephen Hagan will instead take up duties in the hotseat.
Monaghan Motor Club have laid on 3 challenging stages in the Ballybay area and the action starts on Sunday morning when the first cars leave the Hillgrove Hotel at 9.30am. You can follow Daniel’s progress by following him on Twitter and Facebook and by checking out www.danielmckenna.net