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trackrod15 (21)2300 Club John Easson Award winner Aaron McClure returned his “drive of the year” at last weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, penultimate round of the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series. The Allfloors Express – Yokohama backed Mitsubishi E9 pilot set several top five overall stage times to finish the Pickering based event seventh overall and third in the ultra-competitive N4 class and Hyundai Genpower Production Cup.

With all hopes of a championship victory gone this season, the 21 year old from Flookburgh had set his sights firmly on a class victory in Yorkshire and with regular co-driver Elliott Edmondson alongside, the duo were all set to end their season on a high.  Firmly believing a clean run in Yorkshire could nett a win, McClure would approach the Pickering based event with renewed confidence after a disappointing run in Shropshire earlier in the month.

However, the day didn’t get off to a great start for the Cumbrian, dropping almost 20 seconds to the hard charging class rivals on the second test of the day thanks to an overshoot on one of the notorious Dalby forest firebreaks. Wiping the slate clean in the first service of the day, McClure headed back out to immediately make a comeback, just over one second adrift of a stage win on the third stage. It wasn’t long before his first win of the day would emerge and McClure took fastest N4 time and fifth fastest overall before the final service.

With the car working perfectly throughout the day, McClure settled into a comfortable rhythm over the closing stages and despite all his efforts to claw back the time lost in the morning loop, finished the tough Yorkshire event well inside the top ten overall and third Production Cup pilot home.  “That was certainly the drive of the year for me and it really felt like everything came together all at once, it made the whole day an absolute joy” said McClure at the finish.  “It’s easy to look at the results and be underwhelmed but the pace in the N4 category is amazing and to be setting top times in only my sixth outing the car is really encouraging.  Every tenth of a second counts with these guys and it can mean the difference between braking one or two meters later to get that time back. It’s really intense but I’ve loved every minute this weekend. If we can repeat this effort at the Cambrian Rally, I`ll be happy.”

The Llandudno based Cambrian Rally is the next event for McClure and marks the final round of the BTRDA Rally Series which takes place at the end of October.

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

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