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Scottish rally driver Finlay Retson will continue the fight for the chance to scoop a prize fund worth 60,000 Euros in Belgium this weekend, as round four of the Junior British Rally Championship (JBRC) heads to the Renties Ypres Rally (28 – 29 June).

The nineteen-year-old Blairgowrie ace currently leads the race to bag a career-boosting sum towards a 2020 campaign in the Junior World Rally Championship from M-Sport Ford and Pirelli. Leading the fight by 15 points, he will still need another solid result to add to his impressive JBRC debut season so far.

Retson has enjoyed an almost faultless performance despite being in his first season behind the wheel of the 2019 specification M-Sport Fiesta R2T. A maiden JBRC podium last time out at the Pirelli International Rally is a sure sign of his progress in the all-new Fiesta, but Retson is well aware that this weekend’s Ypres Rally will be an altogether tougher challenge.

“I think Ypres will need a very different approach this year for me,” said Retson.

“I was pretty green last year when I was there and managed to roll my Fiesta in the pre-event shakedown which was not an ideal way to kick off the rally. But I learnt quickly and I also learnt that you need to respect the roads over there, and that will almost certainly bring rewards during the weekend”.

The JSR Services Blairgowrie and Watermans Solicitors backed ace has a firm grip on the M-Sport and Pirelli prize but knows that another strong result is essential to maintain his lead.

“There is so much of me that wants to go out there and get a really good JBRC result and even another podium but I know that’s not the right approach in Belgium. It doesn’t mean I`m going to be taking it easy, but I`ll be managing the risks and doing what it takes to bring it over the finish ramp on Saturday night”.

With over 275km of competitive driving spread across 23 stages, Retson marks this event as the toughest in the calendar.

“Ypres is the one everyone wants to win, you only have to look at the entry list and see the best in Europe head to Belgium for this rally. But it’s a very difficult event and so very unique. The margins are small and just a few inches offline and you could end up in a ditch and never come out. It’s a huge task, but I`m looking forward to the challenge this weekend.”

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

Image Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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