Micra in actionThe Rally2Raise team of Aberdeen’s Rachel Clark and Heysham’s Katherine Begg are all set for their first event of the 2013 rally season next weekend.

The pairing will contest the Granite City rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship (SRC), in their E.Watson and Son-backed Nissan Micra.

Joining E.Watson and Son, the Stonehaven-based groundwork contracting company, in supporting the Rally2Raise car are McPherson Document Solutions, Charles Derby Ecosse and Halo Lettings. McPherson’s are a company from Paisley who specialise in document management and scanning. Charles Derby Ecosse are a new firm of financial advisers covering Scotland and the North of England. Their National Director Don Murray is a keen rally fan and occasional competitor. He was the Competitor Rep for the SRC for two seasons. Halo Lettings, a Lancaster-based residential lettings and property management agency, won an innovative online auction to have their logo painted on the girls’ faces for the rally.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have received such wonderful support and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us,” said Clark. “Without the support we would not be able to either compete in the rally or continue with Rally2Raise.”

“We’ll be aiming to get a finish on the Granite, we’ll be taking it steady and there’ll be no heroics, we just want to complete the stages, get our season off to a good start and raise awareness of our project and the two causes we are supporting this year, the Nystagmus Network and Bottle Stop.”

The team’s charity funds and awareness raising has attracted the interest of the media with both the local press and STV planning on covering the girls’ Granite City adventures. They are sure to be noticed as they will both have their hair dyed bright red for the rally!

"We floated the idea of dying our hair on our Facebook page and Twitter and everyone thought it was a great plan. We've both been blonde for a long time so what better way of showing our commitment to Rally2Raise than by dying our hair the same colour as the Rally2Raise logo! We've had some good donations as a result of it so it will be very worthwhile. Hopefully it'll encourage spectators to come and have a chat about what we are doing also."

The rally will start from Duthie Park in Aberdeen with the crews facing five stages to the south of the city. The distinctive blue and yellow Rally2Raise Micra will start at car 111.

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