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George_Lepley_PR3_15_CarNottinghamshire rally star George Lepley will head to Cumbria next weekend as he tackles the second round of the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series and only his third ever gravel event, The Malcom Wilson Rally. Named after the World Rally Championship M-Sport Ford team boss who provides his headquarters as an event base, the March 7th event takes in some of the most challenging stages in the country in and around the Lake District forests.

The rally offers an opportunity for 17 year old Lepley to gain more experience in his class B10 Vauxhall Corsa as he bids to use the 2015 season to continue to learn his skills on a wide variety of surfaces and terrains. The 2013 British Junior 1000 Rally Champion has limited seat time on a gravel surface but is keen to address the balance of his asphalt to gravel experience for an assault on the 2016 British Rally Championship.

Enlisting the help of BTRDA front runner Matt Edwards in the co-drivers seat, Lepley is keen settle into the tough Cumbrian forests from the very first stage and was encouraged by his performance over the closing stages of last month’s season opening Wyedean Rally. “After the drama of breaking a driveshaft on the second stage of the event, it took me a while to settle back into the car” says Lepley.  “But I managed to knuckle down on the afternoon loop and began to set some stage times which were rather encouraging.  At the end of the day we are only keeping a casual eye on the results as this year really is all about experience so it would be great to have a clean run throughout the event. We have made some changes to the car and set up for the Wilson so it will take a few stages to settle in”.

Supported by the family business Jason Lepley Motorsport, the team has received a further boost from engineering firm Nigel E Hepburn Ltd from Carlisle and Fuchs Titan Oils who will both back George for the Cumbrian event. Lepley continues to retain his realistic approach. “I have to remember this is my first season on gravel and only my third ever gravel event but it’s really encouraging to look at the times and see we are actually on the cusp of fighting the class leaders” he said. “I really can’t wait to get back out again and I am certainly looking forward to the event to see if we can harness the pace and confidence I found in the Forest of Dean. It’s great to have the support of Nigel for the Malcom Wilson Rally too as it’s really one of his home events”.

The Malcom Wilson Rally is based in the Cumbrian market town of Cockermouth and takes competitors to the infamous forest stages of Grizedale and Greystoke. 44 competitive miles lie in wait for the crews on Saturday 7th March before returning to the finish later that day.

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