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Blair Brown Fiesta R2T (2)  UlsterKinross driver, Brown and co-driver Richard Simmonds from Duns went into the weekend looking to boost their championship position aiming for a top five finish and double points by playing their Joker nomination on the penultimate round of the DMACK Junior British Rally Championship. The legendary two-day Irish event provided 134 miles of gruelling and technically challenging Tarmac stages and with the interchangeable weather conditions it was never going to be easy for the young Scottish team.

Making a cautious start on the opening day, the pair soon gathered pace finishing in a respectable fourth position overnight behind local Ulsterman, Adam Bustard.

“The stages in Ireland are fantastic but conditions were really tricky, very heavy rain one minute and dry the next leaving the roads greasy and muddy,” said co-driver Simmonds. “On day one we were slightly cautious as, with it being a two-day event, we couldn’t risk an accident on the first day.”

Having made good stage times in the morning of day two and confidence growing, the decision was taken to go all out for a third place finish with double points, a gamble that proved to be costly. On the final stage of the event following a fast section, the car locked up entering a tight corner only to leave the road and hit a concrete straining post. This sent the Fiesta R2T rolling down the embankment landing back on its wheels which firmly embedded in the ground. With no spectators about to help push the car out and up the embankment Browns rally was over.

Blair said “I am totally gutted as we had been going so well and a podium position was possible. The damage to the car isn’t too bad, the bank soaked up a lot of the impact. We’ve looked at our in-car footage and we know where we went wrong. On a positive note I’ve learned masses at this event and really enjoyed it”.

Blair Brown Fiesta R2T Ulster (1)Commenting on the championship win by Rob Duggan and Gerard Conway Blair said, “We’d like to congratulate Rob and Ger who have now won the overall championship. They totally deserved the win having not put a foot wrong all season. We’ll now need to have a close look at our options for Rally Isle of Man and if it is possible for us but we will definitely be back for the Junior BRC next year.”

The final event of the DMACK British Rally Championship will be held on the Isle of Man on 15th – 17th September.

Blair Brown Rallying is supported by Burn Construction Ltd, The QTS Group, NWH Waste Services. Special thanks go to Tennant Transport for supplying the tyres for this event.

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