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Blair Brown pre-IOM16Scottish junior rally driver Blair Brown (21) has teamed up with the experienced driver, co-driver and mentor Steven Clark (42) ahead of the final round of the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) at the Rally Isle of Man, which takes place on the 15th – 17th September. The duo hopes to focus on a set of objectives and finish the championship on a high.

Despite a run of bad luck and with the realisation of a podium place now out of grasp, the Kinross youngster remains fully committed to finishing the full championship and is using the rally for quality practice time as well as demonstrating his commitment to the BRC.

Clark, who originally hails from Gretna and now lives in Wales, is no stranger to tarmac events and having mentored Blair closely throughout his BRC debut is keen to get in the co-driver seat and offer his encouragement and wisdom.

Steven, of good rally pedigree, has competed very successfully both as a driver winning his class in the Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) 2008 and as a co-driver winning the SRC in  2006. Having competed on the Isle of Man before Steven said “The aim is to help Blair get some more speed out of the Fiesta by using my experience in both seats to let him know where he could be faster safely. The two day recce this weekend (10th-11th) will give me a good chance to see where any time might come from the pace notes but the priority is discussing things after each stage and encouraging Blair to try different techniques to see which suits him best”.

This will be the second time on the legendary Manx tarmac road for the Ford Fiesta R2T. Last year, the QTS Group backed team were joined by a further 125 drivers in tackling the 160 stage mile long event. Only 80 crews successfully finished the three daylong rally with Blair and co-driver Richard Simmonds finishing in 24th place overall in the National event. Blair is competing in the International class this year and hoping to improve on his previous result.

“Richard is taking a step back at this event so Steven can give me advice on how to improve my driving technique, speed and Pacenotes. I loved this rally last year so when I found out it was the final round of the Junior DMACK British Championship I was determined to make it to the end. Dropping out at this stage is not an option although our finances have been really strained” said Blair. “It’s been a great championship and it would it good to be able to support it for the full year so I’m using the event to gain further experience and much needed seat time. It’s been a massive team effort to make it this far so it would be great for everyone if we could finish on a positive”.

The Rally Isle of Man kicks off at the Douglas Promenade on Thursday 15th September at 18.45.For full details on the Rally Isle of Man go to http://www.rallyisleofman.co.im and http://www.msabrc.com. To keep up to date with Blair’s progress follow him @BlairBrownRally

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