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AaronMcClurePR_014_15_TRYWith any championship title aspirations dashed at last month’s Woodpecker Stages Rally, Cumbrian rally driver Aaron McClure has set his sights on a win at the final two rounds of the season, the first of which kicks off next weekend in Pickering. Trackrod Rally Yorkshire will mark the penultimate round of the REIS Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series and offers an opportunity for the Allfloors Express – Yokohama backed Mitsubishi E9 pilot to end the year on a high and grab a win in the hotly contested Production Cup.

No longer chasing valuable class N4 points, McClure can now concentrate on an “all out” approach in the Dalby forest complex after his hopes of championship victory were lost in a costly error in Shropshire. Whilst a podium position is still possible, McClure’s sights were firmly set on a title victory this season and a runner up position was not on the radar for the 21 year old.  However, the 2300 Club John Easson Award winner has a renewed confidence for the event and is looking forward to the task ahead.

“We have had a really tough year in the Mitsubishi, some of which have been self-inflicted and some haven’t so it can be hard to look at the positives” says McClure.  “Sometimes it’s too easy to get wrapped up in the championship and not really concentrate on the task at hand so being able to relax in Yorkshire will certainly help me focus a little more on the event, stage by stage.  I haven’t been this excited about an event for ages and it will make a nice change to have a ‘guns blazing’ approach.  I’ve got nothing to lose”.

Co-driven all year by Elliott Edmondson from Milton Keynes, McClure has had to get used to the all-wheel drive machine quicker than he had liked after coming from the two wheel drive British Rally Championship last season. But he has showed flashes of brilliance and believes a clean run will net a much needed confidence boosting win. “It’s been hard stepping straight into the Mitsubishi this year and we haven’t had the budget to test so the events have been a steep learning curve. But if we can knuckle down and have a trouble free run this weekend, I’m confident we can be closer to the top than we have been all year and that could even involve a win.”

The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire is based in Pickering and offers over 43 stage miles during Saturday 26th 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 Gasmark Media

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