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Progressive young rally driver Finlay Retson will head into the second half of the Junior British Rally Championship season, in the lead of the race to secure a prize fund worth 60,000 Euros towards a 2020 campaign in the Junior World Rally Championship from M-Sport Ford and Pirelli.

At just nineteen-years-old, the Blairgowrie based ace has returned an impressive performance in his debut in the hotly contested Junior series behind the wheel of his brand new M-Sport Ford Fiesta. He leads his fellow Fiesta rivals by a whopping 15 points and is currently the favourite to scoop one of the biggest prizes in the sport today.

A maiden Junior BRC podium last time out on the Pirelli International Rally shows the progression of Retson’s season, despite having to learn a new car and new events in 2019. His performance on the stages had led to a host of both local and national firms stepping forward to support Retson on his journey towards the pinnacle of the sport, the FIA World Rally Championship.

The most recent of which is bespoke transportation trailer manufacturer Gray & Adams. Based in Fraserburgh, the iconic firm is the mainstay of the heavy goods industry, building bespoke trailers, refrigeration units and even custodial units. The firm will support Retson for the remainder of the season after coming on board ahead of the next round of the series in Belgium.

Gray & Adams, join an impressive list of businesses who have backed Retson, ensuring he has the best possible chance of heading into the prestigious Junior World Rally Championships in 2020.

From the outset of Retson’s motorsport career, JSR Services (Blairgowrie) Ltd have supported the talented youngster and continue to provide essential backing for his progression in the sport. Rearing laying hens from their premises in Blairgowrie, the firm distributes 1/4 million free range and organic pullets for the Scottish Egg Industry.

Leading legal firm Watermans Solicitors joined Retson at the start of the season, becoming title sponsors and adding Retson to an impressive list of supported sports stars including Dickies British Supersport Championship with British Talent Cup motorbike champion Rory Skinner.

Coupled with support from the family transport business DJR Services, local electrician Kevin Donachie, oil giant Castrol and a host of other local and national brands, Retson is in a prime position as he heads into the second half of the British Championship season.

“It’s certainly been a steep learning curve this year, but I’ve really been focusing on progression with my pace and subsequent results on each round and that approach has certainly been working,” says Retson.

“I’ve balanced trying to push towards the front of the Junior BRC pace with ensuring I make it to the end of each event and that has undoubtedly put me in the lead of the chance to win the M-Sport prize. However, I really could not have made the leap into the new Fiesta and the JBRC without the help and support of all my sponsors. It’s a true honour to have them on board this season and I hope I can repay them with a great result on the final three rounds this year”.

The fourth round of the British Rally Championship makes the trip across the English Channel as its guests at the Ypres Rally in Belgium at the end of June.

Retson is supported by DJR Services, Watermans Legal, JSR Services – Blairgowrie Ltd, G S Robertson Ltd, Kevin Donachie Electricians, West Ranga Properties, Robert Morton Joiners & Contractors, Vital Equipment Limited, Andrew Wood Motorsport,, Castrol and Results Gym Forfar.

Image Credits: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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