SUNDERLAND rally car driver Simon Moore leads the pack after the latest round of the British Rally Championship Challenge.
Whitburn father-of-one Moore and co-driver Emma Morrison finished fourth at the Jim Clark Challenge, in the Scottish Borders last weekend – a result which was sufficient to hand the duo a two-point lead at the top of the overall championship standings.
There was an even better result for Moore’s wife Janice, who finished second as a co-driver for Midlands-based Richard Sykes in their only event of the season.
But Moore was pleased his title bid remained on course despite his lowest finish of the three events this season.
“We were battling for third overall but picked up a puncture and lost a bit of time,” said the 28-year-old.
“But the good news is the points we picked up now means we are leading the BRC challenge so I’m really pleased with that.”
Moore has now finished in the top five in each of the three rallies during the campaign.
But finances will dictate whether he is able to participate in the next event - August’s Ulster Challenge.
Each rally costs an average of £2,000, with the Ulster Challenge expected to cost even more due to the overseas travel.
Moore is on the lookout for a sponsor and hopes he can scrape enough money together to keep his championship challenge on track.
“The plan is to do the August rally and at least we’ve got a bit of time to save up some money and try to get a sponsor,” he added.
H Anyone interested in sponsoring Moore should contact him on 07917 117198.