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Duns rally driver Garry Pearson scored a solid fourth place at the Nicky Grist Stages last weekend [9 July], the third round of the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship.

Pearson guided his Asset Alliance Group and Hankook Tire backed Ford Fiesta Rally2 through the searing heat and gruelling gravel stages in mid-Wales, to finish just outside the podium spots on his loose surface debut in the car and secure valuable points towards his British Championship bid.

After a sensational season in 2021 which saw Pearson lift four major rally titles, the 30-year-old Scot would progress up to the British Rally Championship in March, battling with the BRC1 category against some of the best drivers in the business. Co-driven by Dale Furniss, Pearson would be aiming to develop his skill and speed in 2022, working towards the impressive pace of BRC1.

A tough start to the season returned a zero score at the tricky Clacton Rally in Essex but it would be Pearson’s home event which would see him take his maiden BRC podium with third place at the Jim Clark Rally, based in his home town.

But a switch to the forests last weekend would offer up new challenges and with eight, short sharp stages on offer there would be little margin for error. Sky-high temperatures and dusty conditions added to the task ahead.

Easing his way into the harsh Welsh gravel tests, Pearson would aim to build his speed throughout the day and stayed out of trouble to head into the mid-point service halt in fifth spot. Some changes to setup by the team would see a more confidence-boosting drive over the final four stages, settling into fourth position to claim more valuable points for his BRC campaign.

“We had a goal in mind when we came into the weekend and that was to get a minimum of fourth place so its mission accomplished in that regard,” said Pearson.

“We do have some work to do though as I know our pace is better than what we could manage today so we need to use the time between now and the next round to reset, work hard behind the scenes and see if we can bridge that gap to the leaders. I’m still learning the car and the tyres on the gravel so there are plenty of positives to take away, but I know there is more to come”.

The fourth round of the British Rally Championship stays in the woods but moves back to Scotland as the Grampian Forest Rally near Aberdeen offers a more familiar location for Pearson.

“I`m looking forward to the Grampian as I`ve finished on the podium there in the past and took the Scottish Rally Championship and National win last year so it has good memories. It’s always great to be rallying in Scotland and hopefully we can challenge towards the front and repeat our Jim Clark Rally podium”.

Pearson is supported by Asset Alliance Group, George Anderson Builders, Pearson’s of Duns, Hankook Tire Limited, RL Smith & Sons, Husqvarna, Border Chainsaw & Lawnmower Services, Beatson’s Building Supplies and Carbon Positive Motorsport.

Image credit: British Rally Championship

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