McErlean buoyed by Fiesta display

Thursday, 20 July 2017

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JOSH McErlean believes that, with a fresher car beneath him, he would be in a much stronger position to regularly challenge the front-running drivers in the British Junior Rally Championship.
McErlean made the prediction after getting the chance to sample an MH Motorsport prepared Ford Fiesta R2T on the Nicky Grist Stages earlier this month. He was drafted in to the squad following the departure of Callum Devine, who has resorted back to driving his Opel Adam R2.
The Kilrea teenager - who had Aaron Johnston on the notes - went off the road early on the second day when the turbo pipe worked its way free, and caused the engine to loose power.
Prior to this McErlean managed to record some very respectable times despite having only briefly driven the car on gravel at the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex the day before the event.
Up until the Nicky Grist Stages he's campaigned an older specification Citroen C2R2, but a succession of mechanical issues with it has meant McErlean has struggled for consistency.
“I'm pleased at the fact that with next to no experience of the Fiesta I was able to fight with the other drivers in my class. It was more than I could have asked for," he told Chronicle Sport.
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