After a fine top six placing on the previous round in Wales, Ross Forde heads to the infamous Kielder Forest next weekend for round three of the Fiesta Sport Trophy UK which takes place with the Carlisle-based Pirelli Challenge.

Following improvements to his Motorsport Ireland and Irish Sports Council-backed Ford Fiesta, the tracks of Europe's largest man-made forest will hopefully suit the young Irishman and having retained the services of co driver Gary McElhinney for this event, he's hoping to improve on his sixth placing in the current championship standings,

"We are looking forward to the next round as we have really settled in with the car," he said. "I'm testing this forthcoming week and after looking at the times from the last round, we are fired up for the Pirelli. We were setting top three stage times constantly so I'm sure we can improve on that again and I'm delighted that Gary will be calling the notes again.

"I did the Pirelli Rally last year in the Suzuki Swift and was leading with only one stage to go but the car broke down so I'll be hoping for a better result. I did the full recce and all stages except one last year so hopefully this will stand me in good stead. I like the dark so I'm looking forward to the night stages too."

Forde is contesting a full season in the series this year in his M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta with the support of Global Group Ireland as his prize for winning the 2008 Billy Coleman Award.

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