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After a podium position in the RallyTwo category on last month’s Ulster Rally, MSA British Rally Championship contender Alex Parpottas will aim to better his confident third position on the event as the series heads back into the forests for the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire next weekend. Parpottas, 20 from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire will be setting his sights firmly on securing a Pirelli Star driver nomination as he narrowly missed out on the coveted “yellow jacket” on the Irish asphalt and he will be piloting his Ford Fiesta R2 on the gravel event which is based in the Dalby Forest complex.AlexParpottasInActionPR12

The hotly contested RallyTwo and Fiesta SportTrophy UK championships have been a closely fought affair from the very first round and Parpottas has been one of the favourites to clinch a nomination all year. With regular co-driver Jamie Edwards from Wrexham alongside him, the talented youngster is hoping to put in a performance good enough to catch the eye of the judges in Yorkshire and the winner of the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout will be awarded a fully funded drive in the MSA British Rally Championship in 2014.

“I really thought that I had clinched the Star Driver nomination in Ulster” explains Alex. “I had driven really well throughout the event and was still building my confidence from the Scottish Rally crash, so I was really pleased to have such a good pace from the very first stage. Battling with David (Carney) in the Citroen C2 and taking a podium position on the final stage meant so much, but I guess I will have to try even harder on this event. Yellow is my colour!”

The event marks a return to night stages for the crews who have not competed in the darkness since the Jim Clark Rally in June but Parpottas has been developing his night driving techniques alongside spotlight manufacturer, Lazer Lamps. Their innovative LED spot lamps are being developed in conjunction with Buzz Motorsport and top class teams such as M-Sport and Parpottas will be hoping to use them on the event for the first time in competitive action.

The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire sees MSA British Rally Championship competitors leave the Pickering town centre start at around 9PM on Friday 27th September to tackle 15 competitive miles in the Dalby Forest complex under the cover of darkness. The remaining event mileage will be contested on Saturday over just five stages before the finish ceremony back in Pickering during the early evening.

Alex is supported by Buzz Sweets.

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