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George_Morrison_PR3_15_ActionAfter a disappointing mechanical failure on last month’s season opening Wyedean Rally, MG ZR pilot George Morrison will head to Cumbria next weekend as he contests the second round of the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series, the Malcom Wilson Rally.  The HM Forces Mechanic from Tidworth in Wiltshire suffered a driveshaft failure on only the second stage of the event in the Forest of Dean and is looking to get his championship hopes back on track at the 7th March event.

After an enforced two year sabbatical, Morrison has returned to the driving seat in his newly acquired MG ZR this year and with new co-driver Glen Mercer alongside, Morrison is contesting the competitive MGZR Challenge and 1400c class within the BTRDA series. The early event retirement in the Forest of Dean may have hampered his early championship score, but it certainly has not kerbed his enthusiasm for the Cockermouth based Malcom Wilson Rally.

“We did have a few teething problems on the first stage of the Wyedean Rally as Glen was getting used to the pacenotes and we retired on the second, so it was hard to judge our pace after so long away from the sport” says Morrison.  “But the Wilson is a great event and I am really impressed with how solid the MG feels, even in the deep mud of Wales so I’m sure I can start to build my pace fairly quickly once I get settled in. I’m really keen to get as much mileage in the car as possible to the aim is most certainly to finish this event”.

The Cumbrian event will take a capacity entry into the infamous forests of Grizedale and will also utilise the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team test forest of Greystoke within the route. As with all the rounds of the BTRDA that Morrison will be contesting, this will be his first time on the event so would be forgiven for taking a cautious approach. “With one point scoring opportunity lost we can’t afford many more errors this year, so I need to find a happy medium between competitive times and not too many risks” he says.  “A confident start will be key and see what the times are like at service halfway through the day before we decide on how to approach the rest of the event”.

The Malcom Wilson Rally starts in Cockermouth early on Saturday 7th March and over 40 competitive stage miles lie ahead within the Lake District forests.  Competitors will return to the finish ramp during the early evening later that day.

Image courtesy of MJ Brinkman Photography

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