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Junior British Rally Championship contender Eddie Lewis will be aiming to build on his opening round result as the series heads to Ireland this weekend for the Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally (14/15 March).

Lewis, 18 from Newark secured a confidence-boosting fourth place in the North Wales forests of the Cambrian Rally in February, narrowly missing out on a podium by just 0.7 seconds on the final stage of the rally. He will contest his first closed-road event in his Mechanical Solutions, SSSI Ltd and Newark Steel backed Fiesta R2T which offers a gruelling two-days of action in the lanes around the Clonakilty rally base.

The Nottinghamshire ace has embarked on his maiden season in the Junior BRC in 2020 with the series shifting to a single make formula for the popular M-Sport Ford Fiesta’s, each vying for a €60,000 prize fund towards a 2021 campaign in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.

With all drivers in identical machinery, Lewis and co-driver Dom Adams would need to find their feet on the season opener in Wales last month but impressed on their Junior BRC debut, setting a string of top times against a hard-charging pack of young drivers.

Lewis, who has recently been named as one of only three rally drivers in the UK to become a Motorsport UK Academy Squad member in 2020, is heading to Ireland in a confident mood despite his lack of closed-road experience in the Fiesta.

“It’s easy to look at the Cambrian Rally result on paper and be disappointed but there were so many positives to take away from our performance that weekend and I am certainly focusing on those as we head to Ireland,” he says.

“Of course, I`m well aware that West Cork will be very different to Wales and it will be a very much an unknown event for me, but we have a plan this season to build experience so a measured approach will be the main aim”.

Lewis will be up against a handful of Irish youngsters who have plenty of previous experience of the Irish lanes which are notoriously unpredictable. With the competition at the sharp end of the series impressively close, Lewis is sighting more points rather than a maiden Junior BRC podium.

“I think it would irresponsible to my championship campaign to go all out for a top result this weekend” he continues.

“I have competed in Southern Ireland a few years ago which will help a little, but it will be a steep learning curve in Clonakilty. It will be very much a case of doing our own thing and seeing how our pace stands after the opening day. Its such a long rally, anything can happen.”

Eddie is backed by Mechanical Solutions, SSSI Ltd, Newark Steel, John Haugland Winter Rally School, Speedline Corse & Pirelli.

Image credit – Jakob Ebrey Photography

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