Duns co-driver optimistic for Pirelli Carlisle Rally

Blair Brown and Richard Simmonds on the Mid Wales Stages.
Blair Brown and Richard Simmonds on the Mid Wales Stages.

Duns co-driver Richard Simmonds is once again on the notes for Kinross driver Blair Brown in their Fiesta R2T in the Pirelli Carlisle Rally next weekend.

The duo are be hoping to secure a finish in round three of this year’s DMACK Junior British Rally Championship to be held next weekend (April 30 – May 1) in the Northumberland Keilder Forest.

Blair last attempted the Pirelli Carlisle Rally two years ago in his Peugeot 205 but after securing a class win on the first day bad luck of a broken gearstick meant a “did not finish” for the young rally driver. Next weekend the duo will once again undergo 75 miles of fast challenging gravel stages in an attempt to complete the unfinished business of this legendary rally and secure further points in their BRC campaign.

Blair said: “Looking back at the in-car footage in the Peugeot has reminded me what a fantastic event the Pirelli was and just how far I have come in my rallying career in two years. It is going to be a very different for us this time round in the Fiesta R2T but we are well prepared and ready for the challenge. The Kielder forests have really quick stags but are filled with some very big ditches so a consistent but fast approach is required.”

After car trouble whilst sitting 3rd in class at the Circuit of Ireland Rally earlier this month, Brown and Simmonds dropped from 5th place in the championship. With a five further events and a joker card still to play for double points the duo remains optimistic that a top five finish in the overall championship which ends in September at the Rally Isle of Man is well within their grasp.

Co-driver Richard Simmonds, who is competing in the Pirelli for the first time, added: “We are looking forward to putting the disappointment of the Circuit of Ireland behind us. With the return of the leading crews from the Mid Wales Stages we will have to be on the top of our game to get a much needed result. Hopefully we will have something to celebrate on the 40th running of this event.”