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100_Mull'15_081020-year-old Blair Brown from Kinross is eagerly looking forward to making his Irish rallying debut with Duns co-driver Richard Simmonds when the Scotsmen contests the DMACK Junior British Rally Championship this weekend at the Circuit of Ireland in his Ford Fiesta R2T.

Brown who has been rallying since 16 has faced a steep learning curve this year but so far he has acquitted himself well.  Commenting on the challenge ahead Blair Said “This is a massive event for us. The entry list contains some of the best competitors in Europe so this event will give us a real indication of our potential for a podium finish in the championship.

The Circuit of Ireland Rally, one of the oldest events in rallying is based in Belfast and runs over two days and is the second round of the MSA British Rally Championship and also makes up part the FIA European Rally Championship and the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. Over 21 Junior crews competing in the three championships will have to face both the very changeable weather conditions and the unique high speed Irish tarmac roads and narrow lanes, balancing speed with caution.

Co-driver Richard Simmonds said “The Circuit of Ireland is a massive rally and to be part of it is fantastic. A huge effort has been put in by all the team to get us an entry in the international section of the event. To be competing against not only the best juniors in Britain but in Europe is great, this is going to be a real test for Blair and myself.”

Joining the ceremonial festivities on Thursday (7th April) evening will be special guest of honour, former X Factor judge Louis Walsh. Visitors and rally fans will have the opportunity to meet and chat to international rally drivers and co-drivers, collect autographs and watch a programme of family entertainment. Friday morning see the start of 140 miles of stage action over two days finishing in Belfast on Saturday (9th April) evening.

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