Pre­ston and Mor­ton down for Ot­ter­burn

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Tom Pre­ston will give the Skoda Fabia R5 an MSA As­phalt Cham­pi­onship de­but when he com­petes on Au­gust’s Ty­ne­side Stages.

The Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship driver is also sec­ond in the BTRDA Chal­lenge, the mixed sur­face cham­pi­onship which takes in Ty­ne­side as one of its rounds.

“[My co-driver] Jack [Mor­ton] told me it’s also part of the BTRDA Chal­lenge which we’re sec­ond in at the minute,” said Pre­ston. “I’ve done it be­fore, I did it last year and that was my first Tar­mac rally in six years or so. We came fifth or sixth. I en­joyed it and Jack sug­gested do­ing it as a test.”

Pre­ston and Mor­ton, who were 10th on last week­end’s Nicky Grist Stages, will use the Ty­ne­side event to warm up for the Ul­ster and Manx ral­lies, the fi­nal two events on the BRC cal­en­dar.

“I haven’t done a Tar­mac event in this car,” he added. “I thought another run be­fore the Ul­ster and Manx would be good. I’m happy on ei­ther sur­face: I did Tar­mac when I started then went to gravel.”

CA1 Fabia R5 duo had a strong run on Epynt last week­end

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