Howard heads North for Jim Clark Young Stars of the Future contender Alan Howard is relishing his first ever opportunity to prepare his own notes when he and co-driver William Kelly begin the recce on Friday morning. Alan, who has been...
Howard heads North for Jim Clark
Young Stars of the Future contender Alan Howard is relishing his first ever opportunity to prepare his own notes when he and co-driver William Kelly begin the recce on Friday morning.
Alan, who has been competing for almost two years, impressed on the recent Pirelli Rally, round 2 of the 2006 Silverstone Stars of the Future Championship, when he brought his Tesco 99 Octane/Greenergy supported Suzuki Swift home 5th overall, taking the class win as well. After the disasters on his first forest rally the Grizedale Stages last December when his rear wheel came off after just 2 miles of SS1 and the Astra Stages this year which ended on SS3 when his rear engine mount broke the Pirelli was his first true gravel event and Alan had every right to be pleased with his result.
The Jim Clark is a return to a surface he is more familiar with as Alan has contested a variety of tarmac rallies in the past and he is confident that his performance will show. "The Pirelli was a steep learning curve for us, as we had to adjust to the organiser's notes as well as fine tuning the setting of the car as we went along. We never expected a class win so it was a big bonus".
Alan, a Tesco employee, has spent the time between the Pirelli International and the Jim Clark preparing his little Suzuki Swift, changing the suspension from gravel to tar and generally fettling the Greenergy liveried machine in readiness for what will arguably be his best chance to shine so far in 2006.
The 2006 Jim Clark Stars of the Future Rally begins from Charterhall on Saturday morning and takes in 75 competitive miles of closed public roads before the finish back in Kelso early that evening.