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Aaron McClure aims to secure a second podium after successful Somerset outing.

Flookburgh rally driver Aaron McClure will head to Wales this weekend as he resumes his assault on the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series in his Allfloors Express – YOKOHAMA Mitsubishi E9. The 20 year old 2300 Club John Easson Award winner will contest the fourth round of the series, the Welshpool based Plains Rally. He crosses the border in the hope of capitalising on his strong podium result in Somerset last month and climbing the leader board of the BTRDA N4 and Hyundai Genpower Production Cup.

Partnered by regular co-driver Elliott Edmondson, McClure recovered from early season dramas in Cumbria to secure a second in class last time out and currently sits just outside of the podium, fourth in the N4 class.  Possibly the most competitive category in the championship, the Production series is a hotly contested affair and the Cumbrian youngster is pleased with how he has adapted to his new-for- 2015 Mitsubishi.

“We are on the back foot in the championship thanks to missing the first round and suffering a rally ending off on the Malcolm Wilson Rally” says McClure. “But our result in Somerset was really encouraging and it’s hard to believe I’ve done less than 100 competitive miles in the car and can still challenge for class podium spots.  Most of our rivals have had several seasons in their cars already and we are still learning the car each rally we do. I do feel really comfortable in the E9 and would like to think we can increase our pace gradually throughout the year.”

The Next Big Step graduates squeezed in a pre-event test last weekend to ensure some niggles have been ironed out from the last event. “We had a few anti-lag problems which we have now cured so we can focus 100% on the driving. We need to be on our toes, the stages used on the event are some of the best in UK, but they are also some of the toughest so getting to the end will be another important result for our championship aspirations.”

The Plains Rally offers over 40 competitive stage miles across forests used in the final round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.  After an early start on Saturday 16th May, crews will return to the Welshpool base later that afternoon.

McClure 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

Image courtesy of Tel-T Photography

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