Round seven of the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge UK sees the championship for Group N Lancers head to Northern Ireland for the ToddsLeap.com Ulster International Rally, which takes place on August 21-22.
The event provides the second all-asphalt surface rally of the season and is also a round of MSA British Rally Championship.
In addition it will be a landmark event in the history of the Evolution Challenge, as this will be the first time that Mitsubishi series' from two countries have contested the same event. It will therefore be interesting to see whether competitors from the all-asphalt Irish series will have the edge on their UK counterparts, who are more used to gravel surface forest rallies.
Although securing the Championship last time out in Swansea, Daniel Barry and his co-driver Martin Brady have pledged to take part in all of the championship's eight rounds. They will therefore be out to score their sixth victory of the season and, in doing so, equal the record for the most number of wins in one season, an accolade currently held by Phillip Morrow for achieving six in 2007.
Nik Elsmore/Craig Drew are also contesting every Evo Challenge round this season and start right behind Barry/Brady. Lying third in the championship standings, Elsmore/Drew will be looking to record as many points as possible next weekend and take advantage of the absence of Simon Hughes/Craig Parry, who currently hold the runners-up spot.
Third of the UK crews are Ballymena-based Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont, who will are aiming to put their local knowledge to good use, bearing in mind one of the stages passes Carmichael's house.
Even though entries are down this year, it has not stopped every round of the Evolution Challenge so far this season being a closely fought affair. There will also be pride at stake, as not only will the UK and Irish competitors be out to prove who's fastest, it will also be interesting to see how the Evo Challenge crews compare with other Group N British Championship regulars.
The ToddsLeap.com Ulster International Rally this year starts and finishes in Antrim and features six timed special stages on Friday evening. Cars restart early on Saturday morning and contest another eight stages before the finish at 6.00pm, having covered an overall competitive distance of 127 miles.