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Blair fiestaKinross youngster Blair Brown took class win whilst debuting the first privately built M-sport World rally team Ford Fiesta R2 Ecoboost on Rally Isle of Man last weekend. The QTS Group backed young driver joined the further 125 drivers in tackling the 170 stage mile long event, that uses the internationally renowned Isle of Man roads. With only 80 crews successfully finishing the three day-long event, Blair and co-driver Richard Simmonds from Duns also finished 24th place overall in the National event.

Thursday’s opening stage on Douglas Promenade proved to be a very technical opening test that was more like a Scalextric circuit than a rally stage, followed by three further stages finishing in the dark early Friday morning. The car which was built and run by BBR Rallying was suffering from a misfire throughout the evening due to an overheating ECU, losing the pair a small amount of time.

With few hours’ sleep the team dawned with a solution to the overheating ECU and the duo held the pace delivering some respectable times on the longest day of the event enduring 12 stages running from early morning until well into the night.

Saturday saw 6 further stages and a new problem when the Fiesta decided to eat spark plugs for breakfast! The BBR Team managed to solve the issue and crossed the finish line at the famous Isle of Man TT Grandstand having completed the longest and demanding stage of 18.8 miles. The R2T Ecoboost finished as pristine as it started however the drive was not without its moments of missing the local wildlife and farmer’s chickens.

Blair said “I am absolutely delighted with our position especially. The reason we came to Isle of Man was to learn about the car and tarmac stages ahead of the BRC next year. This has been a great result especially as this has been our first outing in the new car and against so many local crews”.

Richard said “After a long wait the time had come to test the new car and our note system. Even though we had spent several evenings practicing making notes on various roads, we had not been able to put them into practice at rally pace.

The car was awesome through the weekend with only a few minor problems which the guys in service sorted out, a credit to all who had been involved in the build. Similarly a few issues with the new notes, but these did not stop us from posting some top 20 times, not bad for a 1 litre car.

Credit also must go to Blair who really impressed on his first senior tarmac rally”.

The Fiesta will be back out on the roads of Mull when BBR Rallying will be competing in the Beatsons Building Supplies Mull Rally 9th – 11th October.

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