31 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The village of Scotshouse was wreathed in celebration on Sunday night as locals feted the recent achievements of rallysport hero Daniel McKenna.

Family, friends and neighbours massed to illuminate the evening shadows with a rousing hero’s welcome for the recently crowned victor of the prestigious Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-Out, an accomplishment that topped a remarkable season’s exploits by the driver.

As part of a two-day showdown in Wales, the 26-year-old rallying exponent, with co-driver Arthur Kierans, beat five other finalists to win a fully-funded drive in a Citroen DS3 R3T on all seven rounds of next year’s British Rally Championship – setting the seal on a highly impressive first year of competition at the elite level of his sport.

Daniel, the current holder of the Billy Coleman Award, described his Pirelli success as “the biggest moment of my rallying career to date”, and has now set his sights on being a future world rally champion.

A qualified mechanical engineer who also works for his family’s truck parts and truck rental business, the Scotshouse man hopes to be competing in the WRC 3, or have progressed to WRC 2 level, over the coming years.

“I believe in my ability and if I can prove myself and get the opportunities, I can’t see any reason why I will not be there,” he told MAXSPORT in the aftermath of his Welsh triumph.

• Our picture by Rory Geary gives a flavour of the atmosphere that prevailed in Scotsthouse on Sunday evening when Daniel made his triumphant homecoming with Arthur Kierans. Among the many gathered to greet them was Arthur’s daughter Amy Jo.

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