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frank.love_hires_Img4604The 2014 McDonald and Munro Speyside stages rally saw QTS Group backed Blair Brown and team finish on the podium, in a respectable third place. Blair the 2014 RSAC New Talent Scholar battled through the Granton on Spey and Aberdeenshire forests alongside co-driver Richard Simmonds from Duns in their team built Peugeot 205 Challenge Rally car.

After Blair and Richard crashed out in the early stages of their previous rally, the team were under pressure to get the car repaired in time for round five of the Scottish Rally Championships. Having cut off the existing roof and re welding a new one on, a full re paint and a full interior assembly.  The car was ready with a few days to spare before the rally.

The Speyside stages rally consists of eight short stages in prime highland forests and includes some classic rally stages such as Gartly Moore. Stage one Rosarie would be the shortest stage of the competition at just under three miles long. The short slippery stage would be a tricky wee test for the duo but the pair came through in third position. Two more stages would follow before the first service of the day. Sadly the boys had dropped down into fourth place 205 and fifth place class three car. The crew decided that they needed to change their driving style in order to catch their rivals, so a smooth driving technique was chosen to help Blair and Richard gain some time.

Stages four and five would see a much needed improvement and the pair were back up to third place 205.

Blair Brown –
‘Since our last rally didn’t go to plan we decided that our goal for this weekend would be a finish whilst still retaining points for our championship fight. After first service we changed to a smoother driving style and it paid off’

With three more stages to tackle and two of the morning stages to be repeated in reverse, meant that rough roads lay ahead for the competing crews in the afternoon. Into the sixth stage and the duo’s positions remained the same. After two retirements the team were up to third place in Class three as well as third place in the 205 Challenge. With the final stage ahead the crew had a large time buffer over fourth position and no chance of catching second, leaving Blair and Richard to drive to the finish and take the car home in third place SRC Class 3 and third place 205 Challenge car.

Blair would like to thank his sponsor QTS Group for all their support they continue to give and for aiding in repairing the car. BBR Rallying next event will be the Merrick Stages on the 6th of September.

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