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AaronMcClurePR013_15WSRCumbrian rally driver Aaron McClure endured a tough weekend at the Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally, after dropping out of contention of the 2015 REIS Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series N4 title due to a costly error on stage three of the event.  The Allfloors Express – YOKOHAMA backed Mitsubishi E9 pilot headed to the Ludlow based event with a clear target of victory if he was to remain in the title chase, but dropped outside of the top three during the event, ending his chances of scooping class honours.

The 2300 Club John Easson Award winner went to the seventh round of the BTRDA series in Shropshire with a tough challenge ahead. The 21 year old had one final chance to vault towards the top of the standings from fourth, and only a win at the Woodpecker would be enough. Partnered by Elliott Edmondson from Milton Keynes, the duo immediately showed signs of heading in the right direction on the opening stage, taking third spot from the outset and well inside the top 10 overall.

An underpowered Mitsubishi on stage two left McClure on the back foot and with the team unable to fully rectify the issue, he headed out to the Welsh set of stages with a chunk of time to make up. But on the New Radnor test, McClure dived up an unsighted road and lost almost 40 seconds along with any chance of a victory.

“I’m truly devastated for Elliott, the team and at myself at what happened in there” he said after the stage. “I just simply took the wrong line into a junction and turned in to what I thought was the road we needed and it ended up being the next one along.  I knew it was going to be a lot to ask to win this weekend but to end our title chase like this is a real bitter pill to swallow”.

But, the Cumbrian didn’t let off throughout the remainder of the event and crossed the finish line at the Ludlow Racecourse rally base fourth in the N4 category.  “It’s tough to take right now but I know these things make you stronger. We still have two rounds of the championship left and it would be easy to give up now. But I still have a point to prove and I`ll be doing my very best to end the year on a high”.

The next round of the BTRDA Series is the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire which takes place in Pickering at the end of September.

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 Rally Action

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