PEAR­SON: PRES­SURE ON ARMSTONG IN SRC

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Lo­heac re­port, p31

Garry Pear­son heads into this week­end’s Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship de­cider know­ing that Jock Arm­strong needs to win the event to take the ti­tle away from him.

Pear­son – in his first year of four-wheel-drive ral­ly­ing – has won two of the last three cham­pi­onship events, and be­lieves he’s in prime po­si­tion to take the ti­tle in his Ford Fi­esta R5, which is pre­pared by Dom Buck­ley. If Arm­strong wins, a sec­ond place fin­ish would still score Pear­son the over­all cham­pi­onship.

“Jock’s un­der pres­sure as he has to win the event,” said Pear­son. “In some ways it’s nice to do the last event know­ing Jock has to win. It’s his home rally but if any­thing that’s a bit of added pres­sure as well. We’re qui­etly con­fi­dent go­ing to the event, any­thing can hap­pen though. Jock will have his hands full with John Mac­crone, he’s com­ing on leaps and bounds.”

Mac­crone missed the RSAC Scot­tish Rally, and suf­fered a slow start to the sea­son but the Scot – also in his first sea­son in an R5 – was the high­est fin­ish­ing Scot­tish cham­pi­onship driver on the pre­vi­ous round of the se­ries, the Grampian Rally.

Pear­son be­lieves the speed at which he was up to pace in the R5 is proof he can step up to a higher level. The Dunns-based driver is hop­ing to grad­u­ate to the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2017.

“I think it would be nice to have won it [the SRC], es­pe­cially in our first year in four-wheel drive. It would help with spon­sors and be a good boost for next year. We’ve proven a lot of pace this year.

“In terms of go­ing for­ward I don’t think it will al­ter our plans too much if we do or don’t win.”

The event has once again run its free ferry com­pe­ti­tion for the third suc­ces­sive year. The Arm­strong Gal­loway Hills Rally will fund the cost of one re­turn ferry cross­ing per crew from North­ern Ire­land or Ire­land en­tered in the 2016 event. More de­tails are avail­able on the event’s of­fi­cial web­site: gal­loway­hill­srally.co.uk.

Pear­son topped SRC on the RSAC Scot­tish

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