Daniel Barry could not be better prepared for the start of his 2009 rally campaign as he prepares for the opening round of the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge which kicks off in Bournemouth on Friday.

During the winter, Barry and his team built a brand new Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, to replace his similar but older car from last year. Wanting to give it a shake-down before the first round of the Evo Challenge, Barry and co-driver Martin Brady got off to a near perfect start when they finished an impressive second overall on the recent Wyedean Rally.

The event was almost cancelled due to the heavy snow-fall the week before. Therefore, not wanting to be caught out by the conditions, Barry opted to run on special ice and snow tyres, which even without studs, proved to be ideal for the conditions.

"Even though we had the best tyres for the job, it was still extremely slippery", said Daniel. "However, we were able to get grip where others didn't and it was a case of going as fast as we could when the conditions allowed. Second overall was a great way to start the season and I'm also pleased that the new car ran perfectly throughout the event - and I really must thank the team for that."

Barry will now hope for success in the Evo Challenge this season as he attempts to secure a support drive in the BRC for 2010.