David Higgins has said that he will be doing everything he can to maintain his lead in the BRC on the International Rally Yorkshire next weekend.

Higgins goes to the penultimate event in the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship two points ahead of his brother Mark and following his seventh win in succession in China recently, he is extremely confident.

Indeed while the Trackrod may have a reputation for being one of the fastest rallies in the BRC, Higgins is in a fortunate position and his run on the Mohe Rally will stand him in good stead.

"The rally we've just come back from in China was stopped because the average speeds were so high on the event so the Trackrod will look slow this year!" he joked. "It's not often you go to Yorkshire and think it's slow because it's one of the fastest rallies we do every year because of the long straights.

"The speed of the event will mean the Mitsubishis will be hard to beat because of their strong engines, but we're not going there to finish second.

"Gravel is my favoured surface and we've just won an amazingly fast gravel rally in China, so we're in great shape for the Trackrod and we'll be going all out to maintain our championship lead.

"With only three rounds to go, we need to take good finishes and we need to finish ahead of my brother Mark."

Higgins will spend a day testing his Team TQ.com Subaru Impreza N14 before the Trackrod after doing extensive work on the car following a disappointing finish on the Ulster where he took fifth. It was his first non podium finish of the year.

"We thought we had gone forward a lot with the car for the Ulster, but we seemed to have gone backwards," added the 2004 British Rally champion, who has an exclusive column on Crash.net.

"But we've done a lot of work to the car since then so it's looking good for our return to BRC gravel."

With the Chinese Rally Championship schedule having being rearranged this year to run alongside the Olympic Games, the next round of that championship takes place on the same weekend as the Trackrod. Higgins has thus been forced to put an end to his record run of consecutive wins in China and will miss the Changbaishan Rally in favour of the Yorkshire forests.

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