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Motorsport UK British Rally Championship front-runner Garry Pearson will contest the exciting McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill Race Circuit this weekend [2/3 July] behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta Rally2.

Fresh from a podium at his home event the Jim Clark Rally, the Duns ace will see a new co-driver step into the passenger seat as VK Timber & Builders Merchants join Pearson as title sponsor for the invitational event. The new partnership will bring Managing Director Ross Kirk into the car, calling the pacenotes for the four-time champion for the very first time on his competitive debut.

Pearson will head to the venue just outside of Edinburgh with his current BRC steed and will join a star-studded line-up of World Champions and legends of the sport. Created to celebrate Colin McRae’s first World Rally Championship title in 1995 and the achievements of the entire McRae family in rallying, the esteemed event offers two one-day single venue rallies with the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, six-time gold medalist, current WRC driver Elfyn Evans and World Champion Stig Blomqvist taking part.

“It’s a real honour to be taking part in such a unique event and to line up against such legends of our sport will be a very memorable experience” explains Pearson.

“But it’s even more exciting to welcome Ross [Kirk] and VK Timber & Builders Merchants on board as title sponsors for the rally and to have Ross co-driving for me will be as fun as it gets. There is no real pressure as we have no championships to chase but I know that Ross is hugely motivated and eager to learn the art of co-driving and about rallying in general. I`m sure he will be a real asset to have on board at such an iconic event”.

“It’s fantastic to be involved with Garry at the event,” says Kirk who established VK Timber & Builders Merchants around 17 years ago. “I’m nervous, but can’t wait to get going at the same time and it will certainly be a very memorable experience in one way or another”.

After a sensational season in 2021 which saw him claim the BTRDA, Welsh, Scottish and Motorsport UK National Rally titles, the 30-year-old Scottish driver would step into the topflight of the British Rally Championship this year. A tricky start to his campaign saw him fail to finish the opening round in Essex, but a stellar fightback on his home rally in the Scottish Borders allowed him to claim his very first British Championship podium with third.

Pearson lies fifth in the championship and the McRae Rally Challenge offers some respite and entertainment ahead of the third round of the BRC, as the series switches to the gravel for the Nicky Grist Stages in July.

Image credit: British Rally Championship

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