Former Intercontinental Rally Championship title winner, Kris Meeke has shocked the rallycross world by signing with Scottish Team Albatec.
The Dungannon star will take on the greatest names in the sport at the Loheac European Rallycross round at the end of August.
“This opportunity came up and, while my main priority remains a full-time drive in the World Rally Championship, I couldn’t say no to it,” said Meeke.
“It’s a toe in the water for me, it just happens that a toe in the water means a supercar for the first time and competition including Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg!”
While he has not raced in rallycross before, Meeke has competed at rallycross meetings.
“I did three British Rallycross rounds in the rage buggies race,” he said. “Admittedly, a rage buggy’s not the perfect preparation for a supercar - but at least I’ve got an idea of the kind of environment we’re going to be in. We’ll just press the throttle and go for it.”
Moving from four wheels to two, the weekend also saw 15-year-old Royal School Dungannon pupil Jake Gray take on the best underage cyclists in the world at the Youth Olympics in Utrecht.
A spokesman for East Tyrone Cycling Club said: “The club are very proud of Jake’s achievements at the Youth Olympics in Utrecht alongside his fellow Irish riders Michael O’Loughlin and Declan Mulholland.
“Jake is only in his first-year at U16 and has already won the Youth Tour of Scotland earlier this season. He came in in 74th position in the boys’ time trial in Utrecht and that meant he was ninth in his age group which is a superb performance at such a prestigious event. He went onto have a 76th place finish in the Road Race with a time of 01:56:21.
“We at the club have no doubt that he has a big future ahead of him in cycling and want to congratulate him on his efforts.”