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Alex Parpottas/Chris Davies Ford Fiesta R2After the opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) was cancelled due to the treacherous icy conditions in the Welsh forests, rally star Alex Parpottas heads to Carlisle next weekend for the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally. Parpottas, 19 from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire will be setting his sights firmly on securing a Pirelli Star driver nomination as he pilots his Ford Fiesta on the gravel event which is based around the infamous Kielder forest complex.

Alex is one of the favourites to win the hard fought R2 category and Pirelli Star Driver nomination which is awarded to a driver who demonstrates an outstanding performance during each event in the championship. The winner of the shootout at the end of the year will receive a fully funded drive in the BRC for 2014.  The talented youngster is hoping the extra practice from the delayed start to the season will help his bid for the coveted yellow jacket and he comes fresh from a class win on the Somerset Stages.

“It’s a very odd feeling to be starting the BRC so late in the year, but it really has allowed me to up my game and get extra seat time in the car” said Alex.  “We have a good set up which will work well on the rough nature of the event.  I’m not under any illusion that it will be easy; we crashed out of this event last year, but getting a solid start to the championship is really important for our title aspirations”.

Regular co-driver Jamie Edwards is unavailable for this event due to family commitments and Scotsman Neil Shanks will step in to join Alex for this event. With local knowledge playing a pivotal role, Shanks provides vast experience of the event which will undoubtedly help with the undulating nature of the stages.

The Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally will see British Rally Championship competitors leave the Carlisle city centre start on the morning of Saturday 4th May, to tackle over 50 stage miles in Kielder forest. Resuming their efforts on Sunday morning, the remaining crews contest a further 30 competitive miles before returning to the Carlisle finish ramp at around lunchtime.

Alex is supported by Buzz Sweets and is run by Buzz Motorsport.

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