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Wales: Darren Gass preview

Final outing for reigning Pirelli Star Driver 2007 Pirelli Star Driver award winner, Darren Gass, will contest Wales Rally GB, the final round of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, starting fromCardiff on Thursday 4th ...

Final outing for reigning Pirelli Star Driver

2007 Pirelli Star Driver award winner, Darren Gass, will contest Wales Rally GB, the final round of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, starting fromCardiff on Thursday 4th December.

The rally is the last in the six-event prize at the wheel of the Pirelli liveried Mitsubishi, estimated to be worth in the region of 250,000 GBP. The Northern Irish youngster will be partnered by Scot Neil Shanks on the famous event, also the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Officially classed as a privateer entrant on each of the other rallies, Darren has secured a place within the Production World Rally Championship nominations, under the Orion World Rally Team banner, consequently running just two places behind British Championship leader David Higgins on the road.

The seeding should help the crew make good use of the power of the yellow Evo 9, running higher up the order meaning they will be closer to the action at the front of the field than without the PWRC place.

The Armagh driver has had a mixed season, a couple of minor indiscretions and mechanical problems distracting from some stunning stage times in the unfamiliar car.

He won a place in the BRC's Pirelli Star Driver scheme whilst battling for the Rally 3 class in 2007, at the wheel of a Citroen C2 S1600, beating the other finalists in a head-to-head shootout just after last year's Rally GB.

"Before this year I had limited experience of four wheel drive," he explained, "so this season has been an excellent opportunity for me to learn and show what I'm capable of, as Neil and I got to grips with the Mitsubishi."

"I'm really looking forward to Rally GB. It's a tough event, but I think we have a very good chance of mixing it at the front of the BRC runners. Hopefully that will put us in amongst the PWRC regulars too."

He concluded, "We would love to be back in the British Rally Championship next year, but we'll have to wait and see."

-credit: rallybrc.co.uk

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Series BRC
Drivers David Higgins
Teams Citroën World Rally Team