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SONY DSCBlair Brown and the QTS Group backed rally team, broke through the fog, mist and eye watering stench of fuel at last week’s McCombie Builders Granite City rally to take second place position in round two of the 2014 Ecosse 205 Challenge in their newly built Peugeot 205.  The Aberdeen based rally was also the host of round three in the Scottish Rally Championships where Blair and Co-driver Richard Simmonds from Duns took third place in SRC class three finishing 46th overall out of 111 starters.

With the new season well under way the team were under pressure to finish their new car in time, when the new Peugeot was finally finished, Friday afternoon on the wild Stonehaven beach front. Despite the last minute touch up to the car Blair and team were ready to fight for much needed championship points.

Saturday morning arrived along with a thick blanket of fog covering Kincardine shire and Aberdeen, a true test for the rally crews as their pacenotes would be more valuable than ever with the dangerously poor vision. This would not deter Blair and Richard who trust in each other’s decision making. The team finished the first Special stage in a respectable second place despite Blair bending the 205’s gear linkage which connects the gearstick to gearbox making it near impossible at times to change gear.

After dropping 11 seconds to their closest rival’s Charles Blair and Mark Roberts. Blair and Richard put out a flawless run through special stage two the longest stage of the day at 16 miles. The duo took the stage win for both their classes by seven seconds despite a very strong smell of petrol in the car over all 16 miles of the stage.

Bewildered by the smell and the difficulty of changing gears the crew returned to service for mid day repairs, it was then straight out into the third stage of the day, a shorter but very slippy and foggy stage. Despite the team’s best efforts to straighten the gear linkage, it was to bend again. Along with the very tricky conditions the pair dropped time but still retained second place 205.

The 14 mile long, final stage would give Blair and Richard the opportunity to gain more time but and with another second fastest stage time the pair happily took second place 205 challenge car of the day and third place SRC class 3.

Blair Brown
‘Today has been a fantastic day for the whole team. Not only did the car finish the rally but to also be competitive has been an outstanding achievement especially with no time for testing. Our second place finish has been our highest yet and I can’t wait to see what the next event will bring’

Richard Simmonds
‘Arriving in Stonehaven on Friday to see the rally car missing seats, belts , mudflaps to name but a few pretty important components was a bit of a worry. A few frantic hours had the car ready for scruitineering with the car still smelling of paint. Arriving into service we were delighted to see we had set fastest class time on stage 2 and only 4 seconds behind class leader. Good runs through the final stages saw us returning to Aberdeen, to collect the first trophies of the year’

The BBR Rally team would like to say a big thank you to QTS Group, the teams title sponsor. The team would also like to thank to Stewart and Smart Garage Milnathort who help get the new car up and running.

The next event for the BBR QTS rally team will be the Pirelli RB Foundation Rally on the 3rd and 4th of May

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