Britain's Barry Clark will take in his third event in this year's World Rally Championship on the Rally de France-Tour de Corse this coming weekend.

The 25-year-old, who competed in Jordan and Turkey earlier this year with the Munchi's Ford outfit, will run under the Stobart banner, along with nominated drivers' Matthew Wilson and Jari-Matti Latvala, as well as Henning Solberg. It will be the first time a Scot has competed for Ford's 'B' team.

Although it will be Clark's first sealed-surface event in a World Rally Car the Scottish speedster has good tarmac experience from the Fiesta SportingTrophy International series, which he won in 2007.

He has also been preparing for the event by taking part in the Richard Burns Memorial Rally and helping Ford with reconnaissance during last weekend's Rally Catalunya.

Clark has set his sights on gaining maximum experience in Corsica, but he also knows that a promising run could help him secure backing for 2009.

"This is going to be a seriously tough rally but I'm really looking forward to the challenge. Corsica is different from other tarmac events because there is just corner after corner and virtually no straights," he noted.

"It's also very narrow and bumpy so there's a lot to contend with. I've competed in Corsica once before in 2006 in the Fiesta but this will be a whole different scenario. It will be about having a good shakedown and building up my feeling and confidence in the Focus WRC. My aim is to go there and drive cleanly so that I can finish the rally and get as much experience as possible."

 

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