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Kim Baker 	Paul Heath 	Renault TwingoMSA British Rally Championship newcomer Kim Baker will head to the Scottish Borders this weekend as she tackles the second round of the Twingo Renaultsport UK R1 Trophy, the Jim Clark Rally. As only her second event in the driver’s seat on a BRC round, the Jim Clark Rally is widely acclaimed as one of the toughest in the seven event calendar and Baker will need to acclimatise quickly to the Twingo’s handling if she is to reach the finish ramp in Kelso at the end of the tough two day event.

Backed by the Professional MotorSport World Expo 2014 Show which is held in Cologne, Germany in November, Chesterfield based Baker has turned to the driver’s seat in this year’s British Rally Championship as she pilots a Reanult Twingo in the series.  Having previously contested the championship as a co-driver, Baker had been given the opportunity to turn her hand to the other side of the car thanks to the event organisers UKIP Media, and she grasped it with both hands.  “I`ve always loved contesting the British Championship as a co-driver so to get this opportunity was a chance of a lifetime for me” says Baker. “I know what it’s like to win rallies and event classes as a co-driver, but to be in with a chance of getting my name on the Twingo R1 Trophy as a driver would be amazing”.

Co-driven by Paul Heath from Baldock, the pairing will head to the Kelso based event with a healthy points tally after last month’s opening round the Pirelli Rally. Although Baker had to use the event to ultimately “learn” how to drive the car, she still managed a solid second in the BRC3 class and an inaugural win for a female in the Twingo R1 Trophy.  But she is not underestimating the task ahead in Scotland. “It’s going to be a really tough event as only my second in the car” she explains.  “We managed some testing mileage this week which of course will help me settle in a little easier, but the night stages on Friday will certainly be a challenging wake up for us and whilst I`m a little apprehensive, I’m certainly looking forward to them”.

The Jim Clark Rally is based in the small market town of Kelso and around 130 competitive stage miles awaits MSA British Rally Championship contenders. They will go straight into the first special stage around the Duns town centre at around 8pm on Friday 30th May before heading out to tackle a handful of stages under the cover of darkness that night.  An early morning start on Saturday will reward early risers as the remaining miles is squeezed into the day before heading back to Kelso town centre finish ramp at around 6pm that evening.

More information on Kim can be found on her website

Kim is supported by the Professional Motorsport World Expo 2014 event

Image courtesy of Jakob Ebrey

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