Gwynn geared up for Jim Clark Rising co-driver George Gwynn, who hails from Barnstaple, is relishing his first taste of Scottish rallying when he and top Silverstone 'Stars of the Future' driver Mark Gamble head north for...
Gwynn geared up for Jim Clark
Rising co-driver George Gwynn, who hails from Barnstaple, is relishing his first taste of Scottish rallying when he and top Silverstone 'Stars of the Future' driver Mark Gamble head north for this weekends Jim Clark International Rally, round 3 of the 2006 feeder championship.
Like most of the Stars of the Future competitors the pairing are looking forward to the opportunity to develop their own pacenotes, a skill that is an obvious requirement of anyone wishing to make the step up to the British and ultimately the World Rally Championship. And with the closed public roads being notoriously tricky the pair will be concentrating on accuracy during Fridays recce, as they strive to maintain their position in the championship. The pair finishing a splendid 3rd overall on the recent Pirelli International, which was round 2 of the Stars of the Future championship.
A new, more powerful engine was debuted on the recent BTRDA Xspec 1400 Dukeries rally and despite the duo ending the rally with a brief roll they were pleased with the cars performance. The new engine was great. Finally we were able to set top 5 times in the 1400s', something we had only dreamed of before. The roll was one of those 'rallying' incidents but we actually carried on afterwards, only choosing to call it a day when the engine temperature began to soar, as we wanted to save the engine for this weekend.
Both George and Mark have previous tarmac experience but this will be the first true tar rally together, as well as their first recced event as a partnership, but the pair are confident that their successful partnership will only be strengthened this weekend.
With Mark having come under criticsm from some competitors for being a bit of a wild card it is worth comparing his career to Colin McRaes during his formative years, and now it is up to young George Gwynn to refine that raw talent as the pair strive to balance consistency with speed. And they are hoping this event could prove the cornerstone in that development process.
The 2006 Jim Clark Stars of the Future Rally begins from Kelso Racecourse on Saturday morning and takes in 105 competitive miles of closed public roads before the finish back in Kelso early that evening.