Cur­rie scores sig­nif­i­cant sec­ond podium in Som­er­set

The Oban Times - - Sport -

TOBER­MORY teenager Alas­dair Cur­rie scored an­other sec­ond place fin­ish, giv­ing an early boost to his cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

Cur­rie and co- driver Steven Brown are con­test­ing the Fi­esta ST Tro­phy in the BTRDA Rally cham­pi­onship. The pair made a 1,200-mile round trip to con­test the Som­er­set Stages Rally, round two of seven gravel events. An im­pres­sive drive saw them claim sec­ond place and take a strong haul of cham­pi­onship points.

‘I’ve been able to show my pace is im­prov­ing rapidly and man­aged to score my first stage wins on gravel. That was a good feel­ing, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing my lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence in the car.’

Just as im­pres­sively the duo fin­ished 22nd in the over­all clas­si­fi­ca­tion from 120 starters – ahead of many crews in faster and much more ex­pen­sive machin­ery. Fur­ther­more, not a scratch has been put on the car.

‘This has been an ideal start to the cham­pi­onship. I have now proved that I have the abil­ity to win which is re­ally im­por­tant at this stage of the se­ries. Hope­fully, we will be on that top podium step in no time.’ Up­hill bat­tle

How­ever, com­pet­ing is not plain sail­ing. Alas­dair said: ‘ We have an up­hill bat­tle to find funds to con­tinue our cham­pi­onship cam­paign. I be­lieve this is the best place to show my po­ten­tial.’

De­spite it be­ing a cost- ef­fec­tive level play­ing field, all the events are dis­tant from home which in­curs travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs.

The team next hope to com­pete on round three, the Plains Rally in Wales which takes place in mid-May.

Alas­dair Curie and co- driver Steven Brown in ac­tion dur­ing the Som­er­set Stages Rally. Photo: Rallysport Me­dia

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