MH Motorsport hunt Junior BRC lead at Scottish Rally
MH Motorsport's Callum Devine & Keith Moriarty in action at the Pirelli International Rally.
MH Motorsport aim to get their Junior BRC aspirations back on track at this weekend's RSAC Scottish Rally Hampshire based MH Motorsport will head to round three of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) this weekend in a bid to regain the lead of the hotly contested Junior category. After narrowly missing out on their second win in a row at the Pirelli International Rally, the Ford Fiesta R2T Junior team will contest the RSAC Scottish Rally with their sights set firmly on regaining control of the series at the Dumfries based event. MH Motorsport has enjoyed a run of success in both the Junior and Cadet categories this season, fielding a five car all-Ford Fiesta team in the BRC. The 1.0litre Ford EcoBoost R2T drivers of Callum Devine and Oscar Solberg have both been one of the favourites to take the Junior title in 2017. Losing out by just 0.4 of a second on the final stage of the Pirelli Rally, MH Motorsport’s Northern Ireland driver Devine and co-driver Keith Moriarty took second in the Junior category to vault them into third place in the championship, adding to his opening round fifth spot. Norwegian pilot Solberg and co-driver Patrik Barth took first blood for the MH Motorsport team in round one, taking the Junior win in convincing style on the Border Counties Rally. A fourth place in round two, leaves Solberg in second place in the standings, ensuring the MH Motorsport Junior team occupy the second and third podium positions as they head north for the two-day event. Despite Solberg’s dominance of the opening round, the Pirelli Rally was a more complicated affair for the Norwegian, but he still managed to recover to set some impressive stage times over the closing stages of the event. Plagued by the same brake problems which hampered the leading crews, Solberg could not commit to the stages as he would have liked and elected to drive for points rather than risk his championship with a rally-ending off.
Oscar Solberg & Patrik Barth in action at the Pirelli International Rally “The Pirelli Rally certainly did not go how we wanted and it was a shame because I had a good feeling with the car and the rally” said Solberg. “But we have a long season ahead and many things can happen so we need to just have the points and see what happens. Maybe now we can push in Scotland and get back out in front”. Devine has had to learn quickly this season, stepping from a Vauxhall Adam into the Fiesta for his campaign has taken some getting used to. But his pace was clearly evident on the Northumberland forest tracks in Kielder forest, where he dominated the Junior category for much of the second day. With fading tyres, Devine was forced to back off over the final stage and lost victory by the smallest of margins. But his outlook is nothing but positive for the weekend ahead. “Of course it was really disappointing not to have taken the win on the Pirelli but it proves we have the pace to challenge for outright wins” he says. “You know, it was just our second rally in the car so we still have a lot more to come as we settle into a pace that I`m happy with. Perhaps before the Pirelli we were looking for a podium position but now we are eyeing up a win in Scotland for sure”. The RSAC Scottish Rally takes place on Friday 19th/Saturday 20th May. The event kicks off with two stages on Friday night during sundown, with the remainder of the stage mileage taking place over classic stages such as Twiglee’s, Ae and Castle O`er on Saturday. MH Motorsport will also bring three more Fiestas to the event, with the 1600cc version suitable for the Cadet Cup category. They will be driven by Josh Cornwell, Alex Waterman and Nabila Tejpar.