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AaronMcClurePR10_15_InAction2300 Club John Easson Award winner Aaron McClure will aim to banish the memories of his rally ending roll on the Carlisle Stages last month as he heads to the sixth round of the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series, The Nicky Grist Stages.  After recording a raft of impressive stage time during the day, the Allfloors Express – YOKOHAMA backed Mitsubishi E9 pilot misheard a pace note to end the event in one of the infamous Kielder ditches and will aim to reignite his BTRDA and Hyundai Genpower Production Cup hopes.

As the championship reaches the second half of the season, McClure and co-driver Elliott Edmondson will head to the Saturday 11th July event with one eye on the points leader board. Currently sitting just outside the N4 class podium spot in fourth, the 20 year old from Flookburgh has set his sights firmly on combining the raw speed he has shown throughout the year with a decent finish in the hope of regaining some lost ground on the series leaders

“There are still dropped scores and three rounds to go so anything can happen” says McClure. “The Production category is probably the hardest fought championship out there and we are all so evenly matched it really is some of the closest rallying in the UK at the moment. But we have to finish to be able to score points and it’s a real fine balance to push that hard and get to the end as well. I think missing the opening round of the championship has made it a little tougher for us this year but we are certainly not giving up yet”.

But it was touch and go as to whether he would even make the Welsh event. “I must give a huge thanks for all the hard work the team have put in over the last two weeks after our roll in Cumbria, especially to Carcraft body repairs for making the Mitsubishi straight again. It looked a bit of a mess and they really pulled out all the stops to get it ready in time.”

McClure is pleased with the pace he has shown in his inaugural year of four wheel drive rallying. “We haven’t really tested properly yet and I’ve only done a few hundred miles in the car.  To be so close to the front runners and inside the top 10 of the biggest championship in the country is a good confidence boost and I know I`ll get quicker as the year progresses. There is certainly more to come from the car and from me”.

The Nicky Grist Stages is based in Builth Wells and takes place across the Crychan, Monument and Halfway stages. Over 44 miles of competitive action awaits some 180 crews. McClure starts at car 18.

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 MCR Motorsport Media.

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