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Prestone MSA British Rally Championship contender David White will return to the series this weekend as he heads to Belgium for the fourth round of the series, the Ypres Rally.

Suffering a disappointing end to his Pirelli International Rally attempt back in April, White elected to miss the RSAC Scottish Rally but will make a comeback as the championship makes a shift onto asphalt for the first time this season.

White, co-driven by Son Mathew is tackling the British Championship for the first time and has found the adaption from his four wheel drive Subaru to a front wheel drive Fiesta R2 a tricky affair on the gravel rounds so far. His experience on a sealed surface is much more of a firm bet however, becoming a two-time Group N National Asphalt champion in 2014 and 2015.

The championship now makes a guest appearance across the English Channel in Belgium and missing a round has given the Mirage Vape Store backed Fiesta pilot time to prepare for his next outing.

However, only this week there was doubt whether would be able to contest the event at all as an unspotted regulation for the region meant that Mathew had the wrong licence.

“I’ve been looking forward to getting back out on asphalt for a long time now and all our preparations were pretty much there,” said David. “We then spotted that Mathew had to have an international licence which meant he couldn’t compete. I couldn’t believe it at the time; I thought we had already had our fair share of bad luck this season”.

Undeterred, White set about trying to unravel the process for Mathew to upgrade and in just one day, he had managed to complete the training required to obtain the certificate.

“It was a full on day to be honest, but it was certainly worth it” said Mathew. “We went from Barnsley to Wrexham then up to Saltburn near Middlesbrough so that I could pass my driving course. Then a dash to have a medical, send the information off and try to relax before it all arrived!”

Now the duo will make the trip to Belgium in a bid to get their BRC4 class title aspirations back on track.

“I’m really glad we are back on tar again,” says David. “I’ve done the Monteberg Rally Sprint before so I know that the Belgium closed roads are really tricky to master but we will just get out there and do our best. The Fiesta is a great tool for those roads and as long as we can keep out the ditches, we should have a reasonable run there”.

The Ypres Rally runs over two days (23/24 June) with almost 260 miles spread across 20 stages.

White is running under the Two 4 Motorsport banner and is backed by Mirage E Cigarettes, F & G Commercials, DAF, Whites Bakery, Speedline Wheels and Pirelli.

You can follow the team on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

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