It has recently been confirmed that Daniel Barry will join the JRM rally team for the opening round of this year's MSA British Rally Championship, the Bournemouth-based Rallye Sunseeker, which takes place on 26th February. The 26-year old from Enniskerry in Ireland has just concluded a deal with JRM to drive one of its Group N Mitsubishi Evolution Xs and hopes that this association with the team will expand into a full BRC campaign.
After becoming UK Mitsubishi Evolution Challenge Champion in 2009, Barry has contested five IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) events in the past year and gained a massive amount of experience by doing so. He now feels that the time is right to return to a championship in Britain and has opted for the country's premier series with one of the UK's premier teams.
"I was looking at various options for 2011 when the opportunity of driving a JRM car came up", said Barry. "I am therefore delighted that we were able to put a deal together with the team for the Rallye Sunseeker, especially as I have fond memories of the event, having won the opening round of the Evolution Challenge there two years ago. I'm therefore hoping that if things go well I can continue with JRM for the remainder of the season."
Barry has had a long history with many of the team's personnel, having been a customer of the now Daventry-based rally operation well before it became part of the JRM Group. The team is therefore pleased to see him in one of their cars for the first round of the British Championship.
"After becoming British Teams' Champions last year, it would have been a great shame not to be able to compete in the BRC again this year", said Team Manager John Barnes. "We are therefore very happy that Daniel has decided to join us. His team-mate will be Welsh youngster Tom Cave, who is contesting the Wyedean Rally this weekend in another JRM Evo X. We will therefore have two cars out on the first round of the British Rally Championship, which is precisely what we were looking to do."
After a highly successful season in 2010, when JRM achieved its goal of winning the British Rally Championship Teams' title, the company is eager to maintain its profile and develop its business of hiring and selling rally cars and competition parts. As well as events in the UK, JRM is also discussing options with a number of drivers with the view of competing on a series of overseas events.
-source: jrm group