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The 2014 John Easson Award winner and British rally star Aaron McClure has confirmed his 2015 plans at today’s (Friday 9th January 2015) Autosport International show, by signing a deal with leading tyre firm Yokohama.  The 20 year old from Flookburgh in Cumbria will make the major change to four wheel drive and will switch to the BTRDA National Gravel series in his newly acquired Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9 in a bid to gain experience in a more powerful all-wheel drive car.AaronMcClurePR01_15

Backed once again in 2015 by the Weatherby based carpet retailer Allfloors Express, who have supported the youngster since his first season in the F1000 Junior Championship, Yokohama joins the team as joint title sponsors and will ensure McClure has the best possible grip for his Production Cup assault on some of the most popular rallies in the UK.  Up against seasoned competitors with years of experience over the Cumbrian, the move to four-wheel-drive was seen as the next logical step in his career and ensures McClure is in a good position for the 2016 season.

“Yokohama is a name I have grown up with during my rallying career and I have an extremely high regard for their tyres and product” said McClure. “To have them as joint title sponsors this year is pretty overwhelming and I’d like to thank Mark Evans of YHPT Ltd  for the opportunity to showcase their tyres in the best rally championship in the country right now“.

Having driven a Ford Fiesta R2 in the British Rally Championship last year, the turbocharged, four wheel drive Mitsubishi will certainly be a huge contrast to anything he has driven before but McClure is excited at the prospect of the year ahead.  “Seat time in the Lancer is going to be as important as ever but this is a fantastic opportunity to enhance my skills in probably one of the best GpN cars in the world” he said.  “It’s going to be an extremely competitive championship and I’m under no illusion it will be tough, but IM sure it will bring out the best in my ability.  Having Yokohama on board will be the icing on the cake and I can’t wait for my home event, The Malcom Wilson Rally in March.”

The Next Big Step graduate will not just be looking at the BTRDA championship for experience this year however. Keen to sample as many events as possible in the Lancer, key outings are also planned during the year to ensure he can hit the ground running in 2016. “It’s going to be important that as well as fighting for a championship, we look at my career long term and with the return of the British Rally Championship next year we need to ensure I am match fit for the new series or even a championship further afield” he said.  “We will choose a few high profile events to contest which helps with that plan and will centre on an asphalt surface. It’s really exciting and I can’t wait to get the season underway”.

McClure also retains the support of The Next Big Step, IPD Motorsport Services, Camp Road Garage, Carcraft Body Repairs, BE Hargan, Darce Tech Racing and MCR Motorsport Media in 2015.  For more information on Aaron and his rallying career, visit http://www.aaronmcclure.co.uk

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