Scottish teenager Finlay Retson will contest this year’s Junior British Rally Championship in a brand new M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2.

The 18-year old Blairgowrie driver, who just missed out on winning the Cadet Cup title last season, will be one of the youngest competitors in the series.

Finlay is a model of progression in British rallying, competing in the F1000 Scottish Junior series for 14-17-year olds and taking the title in 2016. He then headed into the BTRDA Fiesta ST Trophy, where he took his inaugural win on only his fourth event in the car. Last season he progressed into the BRC Cadet Cup for newcomers to the series and despite leading each event contested, could only convert that into a win in Ulster thanks to mechanical woes.

Co-driven by Tom Hynd, Finlay will make the leap into the hotly contested JBRC which, thanks to M-Sport and Pirelli, offers the chance of a 60,000 Euro prize fund to put towards a full campaign in the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship.

“There is no doubt the new M-Sport Fiesta R2 is the quickest and capable car out there at the moment and I’m really very privileged to be able to compete in one this season,” said Finlay.

“I was invited to the launch day in Poland earlier this year and was very impressed. But the backup and support provided my M-Sport is second to none and that was also a huge factor in the decision to try and acquire one for this season. I’m hugely indebted to my backers and sponsors for their faith in me and the chance to drive one in the championship.

Finlay Retson wears a STILO WRC DES COMPOSITE helmet.

Scottish teenager Finlay Retson will contest this year’s Junior British Rally Championship in a brand new M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2