22 Motorsport Drivers Slide into the Finish at the Jim Clark Memorial Rally July 4, 2004 -- Kelso, Scotland - Nestled in a sleepy part of southern Scotland, Duns welcomed the fourth round of the Kwik Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship,...
22 Motorsport Drivers Slide into the Finish at the Jim Clark Memorial Rally
July 4, 2004 -- Kelso, Scotland - Nestled in a sleepy part of southern Scotland, Duns welcomed the fourth round of the Kwik Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship, where Lorna Smith and Jennie-Lee Hermansson spent the weekend sliding expertly across the slippery tarmac roads. Silencing their competitors with a strong 8th in class and 19th overall finish to the weekend, Jennie-Lee, co-driven by Howard Davies, brought their Subaru Impreza home safely to achieve a 17th in class and 33rd overall finish.
The Jim Clark Memorial Rally challenged even the most seasoned drivers with its unpredictable weather and changing road conditions. Both 22 Motorsport drivers finished the rally safely, racing over 400 miles on the only English event with closed roads in this year's championship.
During Shakedown, on the eve of the event, Jennie-Lee suffered a mechanical failure, however, the 22 Motorsport team were able to fix it in the early hours before the start of Leg One, whilst working with Lorna Smith to sort out the final set-up of her Subaru Impreza. Both cars got off to a better start than was anticipated; the initial muddy tarmac stages requiring both drivers to brake and lift a little earlier than normal to save the car for the rest of weekend. On Stage 5, Lorna and Robson set the fastest Production Cup stage time utilizing their home advantage along the Scottish border.
In Jennie- Lee Hermansson's first 4-wheel-drive tarmac rally, she drove a cautionary first leg in an unsettled car. With a late finish on Leg One and early start to Leg Two, both drivers agreed that tyre choice was the most critical aspect of the rally.
The conditions of Leg 2 remained the same, with torrential downpours interspersed with glorious blue skies and sunshine. After the first service Jennie-Lee swapped her intermediates for more suitable tyres and she rallied back setting the
fastest stage time for the Production Cup on SS21. Lorna Smith never compromised her strong driving performance to bring home her best finish ever on the event.
Lorna now holds 3rd place in the Production Cup while Jennie-Lee is close behind in 5th. This weekend, 22 Motorsport secured an overall 5th place in the British Teams' Championship.
The 22 Motorsport team returned home to Banbury delighted with their results, looking forward to preparing for the Manx International Rally 2004 at the end of July. With the points distributed so evenly among all of the competitors and the teams, Round 5 of the Kwik Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship will continue to thrill and excite competitors and spectators alike.
Jennie-Lee Hermansson- "This has been a good learning experience for me. I learned quite a bit this weekend. Driving on tarmac in a 4WD car is great fun but you must drive the car much differently than on gravel and tyre choice was more important here than in previous rallies. I am looking forward to improving my tarmac times in the future."
Lorna Smith- "The whole weekend was a great success for me. Of course, I want to win soon, but I knew I had to keep it steady here in order to finish. The soft tyres gave me a good advantage and Dave Robson was a real benefit with his local knowledge. We could spot the mud ahead just in time to prepare our exits so that we did not get caught out too much."
Will Hunt- "Both drivers improved consistently over the weekend. As this was Jennie-Lee's first tarmac rally, we all knew that this would be an educational weekend and she applied new techniques easily. Lorna really took advantage of her previous experience here to threaten her competitors and with such variable conditions, both drivers succeeded in giving us the points needed to secure a 5th place in the British Team Championship."