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Morrison pre-Somerset16Cottesmore rally driver George Morrison will head to Minehead this weekend to begin his assault on the 2016 BTRDA Rally Challenge at the Somerset Stages Rally (16th April). The HM Forces Engineer will once again use his familiar MG ZR to contest the series which offers a mixture of loose surface and asphalt rallies in seven rounds across the UK.

Morrison contested the loose surface BTRDA series in 2015 which encompassed the MG ZR Challenge, yet a victory eluded him in the close-fought championship.  But with a new co-driver and change of direction, Morrison has set his sights on a class win during the season which will be a new challenge for the newly formed duo.  He will be joined by fellow Corp Engineer Jon Quintrell for the year ahead and Morrison is looking forward to starting a mixed surface championship for the first time.

“I’ve done a few years in the BTRDA gravel series now and whilst I do enjoy the forestry, I was looking for a new challenge” says Morrison. “The mixed surface series offers the best of both worlds and the MG is a great car on the asphalt.  It also means I get to contest the Manx rally next month which has to be right up there with one of the best closed road events in the world”.

The series kicks off with the Somerset Stages this weekend and takes in almost 40 miles of action, packed in to thirteen stages. Morrison believes it’s a good event to start the year with as he gets used to the new partnership in the car. “It will be great to have a fellow colleague (Jon Quintrell) in the car with me this year and whilst we will both need some time to adjust, the Somerset Stages is a good starting point” he says.  “There are lots of stages there so it’s good for Jon to learn the ropes as we will really need to be on the ball when we head to the Isle of Man next month.  The stages can be tricky though so the main aim is to get some points on the board to start the year off well. I can’t wait to get going now”.

The event is based in Minehead on the North Somerset coast and over 150 crews will tackle stages across Exmoor National Park on Saturday with the lucky finishers celebrating at the ceremonial finish on the seafront in the town later that afternoon.

Morrison is backed this year by SMR Detailing and AB Motorsport.

Images courtesy of MCR Motorsport Media

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