Pirelli's Star Driver Keith Cronin is buzzing ahead of the Pirelli International Rally this weekend and is keen to continue his good run and achieve victory in the second round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship.

Cronin won the first BRC event, the Bulldog International Rally in North Wales, in March with a time more than two minutes faster than closest competitor on the day, Dave Weston Junior.

Now his sights are set on the Pirelli International Rally this coming weekend: "It should be good. The stages in Carlisle last year were really fast and it will be interesting to see how I get on in the new car," he noted.

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"Pirelli has invested a lot in me through the Star Driver programme so I really want to win this race. I take each rally at a time though, and anything can happen in this competition against some really tough opponents. I know I can do it though, so it couldn't come any sooner."

Each year the Pirelli Star Driver programme selects the outstanding racers from the BRC and brings them together at the end of the season for a two day shoot-out for the ultimate prize of a fully funded drive the following season. Cronin won this event last year and is therefore representing Pirelli as their Star Driver throughout the 2010 season.

Pirelli Motorsport director Paul Hembery meanwhile has wished him all the best as he prepares for the Carlisle-based event.

"Keith had an outstanding 2009 and we all wish him the best of luck for this year. Hopefully he will push on this season, and with Pirelli behind him, he'll have everything he needs to successfully defend his title. He has certainly begun his season as well as can be expected," Hembery added.