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George_Lepley_PR1_15_HeadShotSeventeen year old Nottinghamshire rally star George Lepley will begin his assault on the BTRDA Rally Championship next weekend as he contests the first round of the series, The Weir Engineering Wyedean Forest Rally.  After graduating from the Formula 1000 Junior Rallying championship, Lepley will make the step up to the popular 10 round series which kicks off in Chepstow, Wales on Saturday 14th February.

The 2013 British Junior 1000 Rally Champion has spent the last few years competing in a small engine Citroen C1 but turning 17 last year heralded the opportunity to progress his successful yet short career even further. In a bid to gain experience on a gravel surface, Lepley entered his home event the Premier Forest Stages rally which took place in the Sherwood Forest Complex. Using a new Group A Vauxhall Corsa, he immediately set some impressive stage times whilst leading his class on his maiden loose surface outing before mechanical issues caused an early retirement.

However the experience gained during the event should help the youngster settle into the BTRDA season opener and has enlisted the help of previous event 1400 category winner Will Rutherford to co-drive on the Monmouthshire event.  “I’m really looking forward to competing on the Wyedean in the Corsa and competing in a rally of this size” explains Lepley. “There are well over 160 drivers out on the event and I know the competition in class B10 will be tough, but I’m just going to drive my own event and put everything I learnt last year during testing to practise”.

This year’s BTRDA assault will be used to gain further experience and car set up in preparation for the 2016 British Rally Championship but Lepley will undoubtedly be one to watch in class B10. “I’m gaining more and more confidence in the car every time I jump in so I’m looking forward to comparing my times as the day progresses” he says. “Historically the event has very changeable weather and it could even snow so I`ll have to drive with my head and ensure we get a good finish to start the year off”.

Supported by the family business Jason Lepley Motorsport, Lepley will use the event as a benchmark for the rest of year, tackling events from Cumbria to Somerset. The BTRDA Rally Championship is the most popular series in the UK and will be aired on Motors TV throughout the season.

The one-day event is based around Chepstow Racecourse and provides 43 competitive stage miles in the Forest of Dean.

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