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EDSL Sport will head to the final round of this years British Rally Championship armed with some of the best Junior drivers in the series, as Marty Gallagher and James Williams pilot the firm’s Ford Fiesta R2T’s at the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally (14th September).

The Scottish event marks the season finale and both Gallagher and Williams will be heading to the Dalbeattie based rally with an eye on two very different prizes. Despite being team-mates, Gallagher has his sights set on his first JBRC win since 2017, whilst Williams will have the opportunity to scoop €60,000 prize from M-Sport and Pirelli towards a season in the 2020 FIA Junior World Rally Championship.

The Hampshire based firm have fielded Gallagher and co-driver Dean O’Sullivan in the team since the Ypres Rally back in June. The young Irishman has shown impressive pace on the Tarmac and has settled perfectly into the new M-Sport Mk8 Fiesta after switching from a Peugeot mid-season. His undoubted speed has seen him regularly run inside the top three Juniors but unfortunately hasn’t been able to secure a finish.

The switch to gravel is a welcome sight for Gallagher.

“I`m really looking forward to getting back into the forests,” he says “the Pirelli [Rally] seems like such a long time ago now and back then I was in the Peugeot. So, I`m excited to see how the Fiesta performs on the loose”.

Despite not scoring since Carlisle in April, Gallagher is not looking back.

“I know the car is capable on all surfaces and Jordan [Hone] had a good result on the Pirelli in the car so it’s certainly got the pace to be out front. I`ll be honest, I`m going there to win. There is nothing we can salvage from the season now, so I need to get back on to the top step of the podium. The Manx Rally two years ago was the last time I was there, so I need to get a good result to boost the confidence again. It should be a good blast”.

Team-mate Williams has the returning Tom Woodburn alongside and whilst Team Principle Alex Waterman would like to see a repeat of Williams’ domination of the Ypres Rally, his aims for the team are far more conservative this weekend.

“It’s been a challenging year, but the class win for James [Williams] in Belgium and several other top results shows that the Fiesta is the perfect choice for aspiring Juniors,” he says.

“Looking ahead to this weekend, we have two very different goals from our drivers and whilst James will want to win, he has a big prize at stake, and we would really like for him to secure that after a torrid start to his year. As for Marty [Gallagher], we think he really does deserve a win this weekend. He is more than capable of that and the Scottish forests would be a great place to round off his year in style. It’s going to be a big weekend for the team”.

The Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally offers 75 miles of competitive action, spread across nine classic stages in the South of Scotland forests throughout Saturday.

More information on EDSL Sport can be found by visiting http://www.edslsport.co.uk

Image credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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