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AaronMcClurePR02_25Cumbrian rally star and last year’s John Easson Award winner Aaron McClure will tackle his first event of 2015 next weekend as he competes on his local event, the Malcolm Wilson Rally. After signing a sponsorship deal with leading tyre firm Yokohama at January’s Autosport Show, McClure will head to the Cockermouth based event on the 7th March in his newly acquired Group N Mitsubishi Evo 9.

The youngster has once again received the backing from long term supporter Allfloors Express for his assault on the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series and Hyundai Genpower Production Cup.  He will be joined again this year by the vastly experienced Elliott Edmondson who takes up the co-drivers position after competing over in China and back home in the UK, winning the BTRDA Asphalt Championship in 2014.

Competing against seasoned competitors with years of experience over the 20 year old, McClure will use his home event as his inaugural outing in a four-wheel drive turbocharged machine as the team were keen not to rush the transformation into gravel specification. Whilst missing the series opener in February was unavoidable, McClure remains level headed about his expectations in the Lake District Forests. “I guess there is a lot of pressure on me to do well both here at home and nationally but I really can’t let that get to me” he says.  “It will be really important to build up my pace throughout the rally and getting to the end is a must for our championship aspirations this year. I need to drive my own rally and not concentrate too much on my position until I feel totally comfortable with the car and its set up. It will be an interesting first stage!”

The Next Big Step graduate has stepped up from his 2014 MSA British Rally Championship Fiesta R2 to the Mitsubishi to gain more experience in a four wheel drive car. A brief test in North Wales has been the only available seat time for McClure so far but he remains positive about his local event.

“I have to think realistically about my chances on the event and through the season really. There are some really quick guys out there and everyone is fairly evenly matched. It’s a lot to expect me to go out there and be on the pace straight away but I hope a bit of local support should see me towards top of the results rather than he bottom. I have to thank Yokohama, Allfloors Express and the John Easson Award for this opportunity and I’m really proud to be representing them on my home rally”.

McClure also has the support of The Next Big Step, IPD Motorsport Services, Camp Road Garage, Carcraft Body Repairs, BE Hargan, Darce Tech Racing, Questmead, Revolution 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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