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Picture 3Kinross teenager Blair Brown had a successful drive on Saturday at the Scottish Rally in Dumfries finishing 5th in his class.

The 17-year-old from Muckhart is the youngest driver to be awarded the RSAC Motorsport New Talent Scholarship.

He also recently bagged a sponsorship deal with QTS Group allowing him to further his chances of a career in rally driving.

Labelled as the one to watch, the Kinross High 2013 leaver took to the forest stages with co-driver Richard Crozier from Leamington Spa in his Peugeot 205 with the focused plan to drive steady to finish all stages, a target which he achieved.

The scholar received a package worth more than £1000 from RSAC Motorsport including free entry to the rally, its media stage on the Friday, and guidance from the diverse organising team that put on the event.

The media stage allowed Blair to set his car up to its optimal settings for Saturday’s event. The stage, set outside Moffatt, was a testing experience for the teenager as wet and slippery conditions made the day another learning curve.

Blair, who will next drive at the Nicky Grist stages in Wales in two weeks time, hopes to further his experience by spending as much seat time as possible in the car.

After a seven year break the Scottish Rally became a counter in the British Rally Championship attracting drivers and spectators from around the UK and even globe.  Blair was under watch from these spectators as he completed stage by stage.

Blair said: “Towards the last stages I settled down and was more comfortable in the car it was driving great, we definitely progressed throughout the day.

“The Scottish Rally has been the best event of this year, I thoroughly enjoyed the stages and I cannot wait for next year.

‘The media stage was invaluable for our Scottish Rally experience, the stage allowed me to get back into the car and make sure there were no final issues yet to be found.’

“I learnt a lot this weekend and cannot thank RSAC Motorsport and QTS Group for all they have done for my rallying career and myself.”

Richard said: “I think he did very well at the Scottish Rally, as I always expect and get from Blair is a very mature approach.

“He brought up the pace gradually as he progressed through the stages. We are definitely heading in the right direction so I guess the aim for the Speyside Rally is to continue that upward trend and if the Scottish is anything to go by this will be achieved.

“We are looking forward to the Speyside. Blair will cover some mileage before that so it will be interesting to see how he gets on as he goes from strength to strength.”

Jonathan Lord, Clerk of the Course for the Scottish rally was equally positive: “Blair was a credit to himself and to RSAC Motorsport. He went out of his way to show his car and meet the public at the preview day last week and at the media stage, and I was so pleased that he had a successful rally. We wish him good luck for the rest of the season.”

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