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Friday 14 Mar 2014 [19:24]

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate release 13/03/2014

MSA British Rally Championship

Drivers take the Next Big Step in the BRC


The Next Big Step (NBS) programme was instigated in 2011, when founder Ian Arden took the decision to donate his rally prize to help young drivers take the you guessed it next big step in their rallying careers.

Three drivers who have benefitted from the scheme will attend next week's MSA British Rally Championship Media Launch, two of them already having made the move into the championship.

Aaron McClure continues in the Next Big Step programme in 2014
Aaron McClure continues in the Next Big Step programme in 2014


Cumbria's Aaron McClure was the NBS's first selection, chosen from the successful Junior 1000 rally series for 14 to 17 year olds, He stepped neatly, via the BTRDA's RallyFirst series in 2012, to the BRC's support series last year with some success. He took an overall podium spot first time out and three class podiums en route to the Fiesta SportChallenge title. Still just nineteen, he now moves up to the hotly contested BRC2 class, the proving ground for current WRC star Elfyn Evans.

Ireland's Niall Moroney caught the attention of the Next Big Step in 2012, again plucked from the J1000 series and moving via RallyFirst, he joins McClure in opting for the British Rally Championship this year. His Peugeot 106 slots neatly into the BRC5 category, contesting shorter mileages but still the same classic events, he follows in McClure's wheel tracks and can draw on the Cumbrian's experience for guidance.

The mentoring of new NBS members is part of the concept's strength, so 17 year old Yorkshire lad Sam Bilham will also attend the BRC's media event to add to his knowledge base, even though he has just begun the RallyFirst step of the programme.

Ian Arden, Next Big Step founder:

"The concept of the Next Big Step is to find support where we can for these young drivers, but also to guide them through the process of moving up the rallying ladder. We put a lot of emphasis on keeping the members in the programme so they can help the newcomers, whatever level they achieve in the sport."

For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit http://www.rallybrc.co.uk/

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