David Harrison will be looking for home advantage this weekend to re-kindle his Swift Sport Cup Championship hopes.
With the championship now halfway through the Brian Harrison Joinery-backed driver currently lies fifth overall but with the standings so tight a win this weekend could elevate him to the higher ranks.
The first round of the championship didn't go as planned as he retired on the last stage of the event with a broken driveshaft, a mechanical failure that was to return on the third round, The Jim Clark Rally.
After managing to climb on to the second rung of the podium on the Pirelli International though he will be looking to build on that and will be hoping this weekend he will be able to go one better.
This will be Harrison's first attempt at the full International event - but he will be full of confidence after securing back-to-back wins in 2008 on the two British Rally Championship Challenge events.
"Obviously as my home event this is the one I have been looking forward to especially after our wins on the Island last year and we're pretty confident we can repeat that performance,” he stated. “The Swift championship has been a close run thing over the previous three rounds with just a few seconds separating us at the end of each stage.
“Molly (Taylor) will be looking to put things right after her super rally result in Scotland and Richard (Sykes) will be amongst the front runners but will also have in the back of his mind the accident he had here last year.
“Luke (Pinder) has also shown some lightening quick times so far this year but I think with a good recce we can be up there and on the pace."
Thursday's recce will be vital to getting to the pace notes right so Harrison and regular co-driver Glynn Thomas can commit to the high speed lanes of the Manx International Rally. The event has been reduced to just two days with the crews facing 12 stages on Friday and then eight stages on Saturday covering just over 180 competitive miles.
The Jam-Motorsport Suzuki Swift has had a thorough going over in the past few weeks in preparation for the event and Harrison will be hoping he can reward his sponsors by returning victorious to the TT Grandstand on Saturday afternoon.
"Without the support of the Manx Motorsport Youth Trust and the Isle of Man Sport Aid none of this year would have been possible,” he added, “and the best way I can repay them for their support is by winning.”
by Marcos James