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Perthshire born junior rally driver Blair Brown (21) left last weekend’s Rally Isle of Man (15 – 17th September) with another notch in his motorsport CV having competed in all seven rounds of the DMACK Junior British Rally Championship 2016.

After a disappointing DNF at the Ulster Rally last month and knowing a podium position was out of his reach, the young Scot was aiming, above all else, to record a finish this time around. With this in mind, he and co-driver Steven Clark (Gretna), got off to a flying start at the exciting spectator special-stage on the Douglas Promenade on Thursday evening. A glitch with the intercoms on SS1 and catching slower competitors on SS2 lost them valuable time finishing their first day in 5th position in the Junior class and 57th overall.

Day twos action got underway seeing the duo complete a further nine stages on the infamous fast and twisty tarmac island lanes. Sitting in fourth position for most of the day and putting in some very competitive times until the Ford Fiesta R2T suffered from a broken gearbox mount losing a valuable 45 seconds leaving the team remaining in 5th position in the Junior class but climbing to 39th overall.

As a fourth position looked unlikely without taking risks the team decided that day three would be best spent as an extended test and to try different set-ups in the car as well as giving Blair the valuable opportunity of seat-time in the Fiesta.

Steven, who was co-driving on this event to mentor Blair said “The Rally Isle of Man is regarded as one of the toughest rallies in the BRC calendar so to get to the finish was important to us. It wasn’t really about times but we were happy with a few of them. It was more about exploring the car and trying different things so for that it was mission accomplished”.

Commenting on their performance and overall finish position 31st and 5th in the Junior BRC class Blair said, “I’m extremely delighted we made it to the finish line as well as setting some very respectable times against the front runners in our class. It is a tough rally over 3 long days so I had to really focus right to the end. I’ve learnt so much and now I need to start planning for 2017. The Junior BRC has been a great championship although luck has not always been on our side I hope to be back next year. I’d like to thank all my sponsors and supports who have helped me this year in particular the QTS Group, Burn Construction, NWH Waste Services and Tennant Transport.”

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