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manxnat16 (230)Cottesmore rally driver George Morrison will continue his BTRDA Rally Challenge campaign this weekend as he heads to Northumberland to contest the Tyneside Stages Rally (7th August).  After cruelly retiring from the Nicky Grist stages on the run back to the finish ramp of the event, Morrison is hoping for a change of luck to get his title aspirations back on track.

Currently sitting third overall in the BTRDA Rally Challenge, Morrison and regular co-driver Jon Quintrell will take their MG ZR to the closed asphalt roads of Otterburn Military ranges as they contest a sealed surface event for the first time since the Manx Rally back in May. Enjoying a second place in the series on the Isle of Man event, Morrison is hoping to repeat his result as the series enters the second half of the season.

Morrison has been as had a spell in the lead of in the mixed surface championship but last month’s retirement in the forests of Wales put paid to him being able to hold on to the runner up spot. Confident that he has fully repaired the issues which robbed the HM Forces Mechanic of another decent rally finish, Morrison is looking forward to heading back to an asphalt event once again.

“We could do with a little luck on our side as the Nicky Grist retirement was pretty gutting” says Morrison. “But the roads were pretty rough at the back of the field so I perhaps wasn’t that surprised that we retired that way. We certainly won’t have those problems this weekend as we head back onto tar again.”

“I’ve heard a lot about Otterburn, and we are both heading there with a little trepidation” he says. “But the Manx Rally is probably one of the toughest closed road events there is and we did really well there earlier in the year so I’m sure once we get a few stages out of the way, we will settle in nicely.  It’s a fairly short event at only 60 miles so it’s more of a sprint that the Manx, but we will be keeping one eye on the championship points throughout the weekend and that should focus the mind a little.”

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

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