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AaronMcClurePR012_15Cumbrian rally ace Aaron McClure aims to stay in the title chase at the Woodpecker Rally

Flookburgh rally ace Aaron McClure will head to next weekend’s Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally (Saturday 5th September) with a mountain to climb, if he is to put himself back in contention for the REIS Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series N4 category win.  Having suffered a tough year behind the wheel of his new Allfloors Express – YOKOHAMA backed Mitsubishi E9, the 2300 Club John Easson Award winner starts the event fourth in the championship standings but will aim to get his title aspirations back on track for 2015.

The Ludlow based event is the seventh round of the national series and McClure has been on the back foot this season since his rally ending off on the Malcolm Wilson rally back in March. Fighting to regain lost points in the championship, the 21 year old Cumbrian has proved he has the pace required to fight for victory in the class, but mechanical issues and uncharacteristic errors have meant the youngster will need a change of fortune over the closing part of the season.

Joined by regular co-driver Elliott Edmondson from Milton Keynes, McClure  technically still has a chance at winning the ultra-competitive N4 class and Hyundai Genpower Production Cup and will call on his past experience of the event to ensure he is 100 per cent ready for the task ahead.  “I had a go at this event last year in a RallyMe Ford Focus whilst I was tackling the British Rally Championship in my R2 Fiesta but sadly we didn’t finish the event” he says.  “I`ve done the stages a few times now and I’m concentrating on previous in-car footage to familiarise myself with the characteristics of the forests”.

Whilst it’s an uphill struggle for the Next Big Step award winner, McClure has an uncompromising attitude to the 43 mile gravel event which could decide the outcome of his inaugural season in a four wheel drive machine. “We have to win” says McClure. “It’s that simple. We have been so nearly there all year long and showed that we have the pace to challenge the leaders but it never really has come together.  But now we need to really knuckle down and get the measure of the car and myself and see if we can score our first maximum points haul of the year. The other guys in the series are incredibly quick so it’s going to be a tough ask, but I’m not giving up yet”.

The Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally has received a maximum 180 car entry and the field will leave the Ludlow Racecourse base for over 43 stage miles in Shropshire and Wales.

McClure is supported by IPD Motorsport Services, Camp Road Garage, Carcraft Body Repairs, BE Hargan, Darce Tech Racing, Questmead, Revolution, AMS and MCR Motorsport Media in 2015.  For more information on Aaron and his rallying career, visit http://www.aaronmcclure.co.uk

Image courtesy of Gasmark Media.

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