Daniel McKenna has won this year’s MSA British Rally Championship Pirelli UK Star Driver shootout after a fierce two days of competition with five other finalists in Wales.
The accolade comes mere days after McKenna and co-driver Arthur Kierans were crowned the 2013 BRC RallyTwo champions, and sees the Irishman win a fully-paid campaign in a DGM Motorsport-prepared Citroen DS3 R3T in the 2014 BRC courtesy of Pirelli.
The shootout saw McKenna and his rivals Jon Armstrong, Ruary MacLeod, Steve Rokland, Alex Parpottas and Ben McKay tested behind the wheel on a two-mile stage at Sweet Lamb, as well as on their media awareness, technical nous and future potential.
The judging panel, which included BRC Managing Director Mark Taylor and Citroen Racing’s Jean-Francois Lienere, selected McKenna as the victor, the 26 year old following in the footsteps of recently-crowned BRC champion Jukka Korhonen and 2012 WRC Academy champion Elfyn Evans.
“At the start of the year, I could never have imagined that we would have won both the BRC RallyTwo category and also the Pirelli Star Driver shootout,” said McKenna. “The conditions were tough as it was slippery on the stage, but we knew that we’d done the best we could. I was a finalist at the Pirelli shootout in 2010 and I was really disappointed when I lost out but it just means that I appreciate this win more than ever.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into next year’s championship now. I’m determined to make the most of every moment.”