We­ston Jr re­turns to ral­ly­ing in Scot­land

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Reign­ing BTRDA Gold Star cham­pion Dave We­ston Jr will re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion for the first time in over a year at this week­end’s Grampian Rally.

We­ston was last out in July 2015 when he sealed the BTRDA ti­tle, but hasn’t com­peted since and will be back out on the Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship counter thanks to an old spon­sor.

“It started off as a bit of a windup to be hon­est with an old spon­sor of ours,” said We­ston. “When we were do­ing BRC we used to have Whyte Cranes on the side of the car, he’s a friend of ours and it started as a bit of wind-up but it’s come through. They’ve put a good bit of money to it so here we are ready to go.”

We­ston will cam­paign a Subaru Im­preza S12B WRC pre­pared by Melvyn Evans, who also pre­pared last year’s ti­tle win­ning car. How­ever this ma­chine is right-hand drive, which could cause some com­pli­ca­tions for We­ston Jr.

“It’ll take a bit of get­ting used to again and it’s a right hand drive car this time,” he ex­plained. “I’m used to left hand drive. I was hop­ing to test but work is too busy.

“It’s still an S12B but it’s one Melvyn has picked up re­cently.”

We­ston is an in­stant favourite for the event, but will have to face Euan Thor­burn in his Peu­geot 208 T16 R5, plus SRC cham­pion elect Garry Pear­son who will take this year’s ti­tle with a win on the event.

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