British Rally Championship front-runner Garry Pearson is ready to test his metal against the best crews in the UK once again as he heads back to a happy hunting ground for the fourth round of the series this weekend (13th August).
The Duns driver’s iron resolve will be bolstered by contesting the riveting event with backing from new sponsor John Lawrie Metals – the largest metal recycler in the North-East of Scotland.
The reigning Scottish Rally Champion returns to the Banchory-based gravel stages where he crushed the opposition to claim top points in the 2021 edition on his way to a dominant title win.
However, while it is once again a fixture in this year’s Scottish Rally Championship Pearson has chosen not to score points in order to avoid sticking his ore into SRC title scrap.
“It’s great to be back rallying in Scotland again, especially at an event I’ve had success with in the past.
“I’m sure there will be a real buzz in the service park and I can’t wait to catch up with some of the SRC crews, but we’ll continue to focus on our maiden four wheel drive BRC campaign and our development there.”
Pearson and co-driver Dale Furniss will ensure there’s no rustiness in their performance thanks to their detailed pre-event preparation plans.
“We’re hoping to get 10 miles of test running in the car before the event, which should help us do some alterations in setup for the different stages we’ll face compared to the Welsh forests of the previous round.
“Everyone in the team is working harder than ever away from events to prepare for each round, and we are all feeling very focused and driven.”
The Asset Alliance sponsored Fiesta Rally2 is due upgrades for the Trackrod Rally in September, and Pearson expects they can continue to grind out more polished performances until then.
“We had some good findings on the first competitive gravel outing on Hankook Tires at the Nicky Grist Stages, and we are expecting to learn even more about the tyres at the Grampian so we’re making good progress towards finding the extra little gains we need to be a complete package.”
The backing from John Lawrie Metals, which has an aim of reducing carbon emissions in support of sustainability goals, will create a circular partnership alloyed to Pearson’s role as an ambassador for Carbon Positive Motorsport – which is also an official partner to the Grampian Forest Rally and will provide carbon offsetting for all competitor and organiser event vehicles as part of a long-term roadmap and commitment to mitigate the event’s carbon footprint.
To further reduce the event’s environmental impact, Carbon Positive Motorsport are also offering all Grampian Forest Rally competitors and spectators a 20% discount on their standard web prices, to encourage all travelling to the event to help bring a greater positive environmental impact.
A special discount code (GR22S) has been created for all competitors and spectators to help them carbon offset their event related travel at carbonpositivemotorsport.com