Elfyn Evans has said that he will be hoping to pick up the maximum points on the Ulster International Rally next weekend, the fifth and penultimate round in the 2008 Fiesta SportingTrophy Ireland series.

Elfyn, who leads the UK Fiesta series, is currently joint top in the Irish championship with Alastair Fisher, both having scored 85 points and while he would dearly love to take top spot in Armagh, he knows he faces a tough battle, with eleven FSTIE crews in action.

"With a win on the last round of the UK series, I am coming to Ireland confident and hoping to take away maximum points," said the 19-year-old, who will lead the crews away on Friday night. "As ever though, it will be a difficult challenge.

"The series cannot be wrapped up here, as the competition within this championship is so close it looks like it will be a title fight right down to the final round. The most important thing for me here is to have a steady run and get good points but a win would be great!"

Alastair Fisher meanwhile will be the second FST Ireland crew away from the Armagh start and with two wins from the last two rounds he will be going for the hat-trick to help his bid for championship victory.

Third in the FST IE championship is Paul Quinn - and he finds himself in his best position to date and still with a chance of taking the title. The ever improving 20-year-old cannot be ruled out as a possible contender.

Ulster also sees the return of the third-place man from the UK series, James Everard. Everard made a brief appearance in Killarney and despite retirement, he thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

Everard is competing to qualify to test a Ford Focus RS WRC car at the end of the year - a prize on offer for all FST competitors that start eight out of the twelve possible UK and IE championship rounds.

Of the rest Adrian McBride could be a challenger for a top placing and a good result could move him into the top-three in the standings.

Barry Greer has had a steady season, and has shown pace that is comparable to the series leaders. After a fine third overall on the previous round he will want to repeat that form.

Other returnees include Kyle Orr, who missed the Donegal, as well as Stephen Wright, who skipped the previous two rounds due to exam commitments.

Ulster also sees the arrival of two new crews, Desi Henry and Mark Donnelly. Both intend to compete in 2009 and are using these rounds as good preparation to learn the ropes of the Fiesta SportingTrophy.

Meilyr Evans, who is currently sixth in the championship, will be in action too, but as he has entered the International event in a bid to claim a place in the BRC's Pirelli Star Driver competition, he will not be able to score FSTIE points.


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