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malcolmwilson16 (26)Flookburgh rally ace Aaron McClure made a perfect comeback from his Cambrian Rally roll, to take a confidence boosting second in class NR4 and ninth overall at his home event, the Malcolm Wilson Rally (12th March). Along with co-driver Alex Kiruhani, the newly formed duo returned to the stages with a trouble free run in the Cumbrian forests to reignite their BTRDA Rally Series Production Cup chances.

Just three weeks after destroying his All Floors Express – Yokohama backed Mitsubishi E9 when it came to rest on its roof, McClure enlisted the help of local businesses to help repair the car in time for the second round of the championship. All working overtime, McClure could head to the start of the event in Cockermouth with an immaculate car and resume his battle for the hotly contested category.

Understandably, it took a few miles of slippery forestry stages for McClure to get back into the groove. With no time for any pre-event testing, he stopped the clocks down in 14th overall after the opening test. Stage two ended with a puncture but it would be stage three that saw a fightback, leaping inside the top ten and second in the NR4 category.

And it would only get better for McClure. As he started to settle back into the car, his times tumbled which culminated in an inspiring fourth overall fastest on the sixth test of the day. Grabbing another category fastest time on the final stage by four seconds was not quite enough to vault to first, but McClure was overjoyed to finish the day in second in class.

“It’s been an epic battle to even cross the start line of my home event and it’s a real achievement to be able to bring the car back home without a scratch on it after everyone’s hard work to get us here” explained a jubilant McClure.  “It’s been a really good day and once I found a little confidence in the car and made sure nothing was going to drop off, we could start to push on a bit and I think that reflects in the stage times so I’m really happy with second today.”

The aim was always a finish for the 21 year old this weekend. “To be honest, I would have been happy with a top five in class but I’m never one for making up the numbers. Alex and I work well in the car together and it just clicked, so once I felt confident enough we went for it. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their support and hard work over the last few weeks. Luckily its just routine maintenance now for the next round in Somerset, so the guys at the body shop can sleep a little easier this week!”.

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 2016.  For more information on Aaron and his rallying career, visit http://www.aaronmcclure.co.uk

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