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cambrian16 (30)After a three week race against time, Cumbrian rally driver Aaron McClure has repaired his All Floors Express – Yokohama UK Mitsubishi E9 in time for his home event, The Malcolm Wilson Rally.  McClure has faced an uphill struggle to rebuild the car which was significantly damaged in last month’s Cambrian Rally impact. But the Flookburgh ace will now head to the Cockermouth event this weekend to re-start his BTRDA NR4 campaign, thanks to the help of a local business.

Starting his second year in the BTRDA Production Cup, McClure had his eyes set firmly on the title and got off to a strong start on the North Wales event some three weeks ago. But on the third stage of the event, the 21 year old caught a bank on the inside of a bend which sent the car rolling into the trees. Whilst it drove out of the stage after being righted, the damage was much worse than anticipated.

“We started work on repairing the car as soon as we got home from the rally” says McClure. “The more parts we removed, the worse it became and we soon realised that it was going to take a miracle to get her ready for the next round. It was a complete mess and much worse than we thought”.

But that miracle came in the form of Carcraft Body Repairs in Flookburgh who heard of McClure’s plight and stepped in to lend a hand. “We had it pretty much stripped by the next day and we made the call to Carcraft to see what they could do” he explained. “I knew they were busy so it was a long shot. But they squeezed us in and worked flat out to get it looking right again. I can’t thank them enough for all their support over the years and especially the last few weeks. I wouldn’t be heading to the Wilson without them.”

McClure, with new co-driver Alex Kiruhani will now resume his battle for the NR4 title in Cumbria where the duo have hopes of getting some much needed points on the board.  “We are starting on the back foot really and the competition is so close between us all, you can’t afford not to score points. So we need to have a measured approach to the Wilson and find a pace that gets us close to the front without taking risks. I went well here last year so I’m in a confident mood for the event. I love the stages and you can’t beat contesting your home event.”

McClure will start the Malcolm Wilson Rally at number 10 seed and crews will takle over 40 stage miles in the Grizedale and Whinlatter forests on Saturday 12th March.

McClure is supported by Fuchs Lubricants, IPD Motorsport Services, Camp Road Garage, Carcraft Body Repairs, Darce Tech Racing, Questmead, Arnside Motor Sport 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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