Stuart all set for high speed Manx challenge. Welshpool based Stuart Jones is all set for this weekends International Rally Isle of Man, an event which should suit his works MG Super 2000 Sport and help the 23 year old consolidate his strong...
Stuart all set for high speed Manx challenge.
Welshpool based Stuart Jones is all set for this weekends International Rally Isle of Man, an event which should suit his works MG Super 2000 Sport and help the 23 year old consolidate his strong early season form.
Stuart, who is co driven by Birmingham resident Andy Bull in the Lico Wheels backed MG, staged a spirited last stage fight on the Jim Clark Rally back in May and reaped the rewards as he snatched second overall amongst the British Championship runners. This strong result, as well as his seventh overall finish on the Pirelli International Rally, has elevated the 2003 Peugeot super cup champion into second overall in the British Championship, just 1 solitary point off the lead.
Since then the team has been working tirelessly on developing the car and recently travelled to the Czech Republic to contest the Rally Bohemia. Whilst the opening leg did not suit the MG, favouring the turbo charged Group N cars, once the rally headed into day 2, and terrain more suited to the Super 2000 cars, Stuart was on fine form. A string of top 5 times, despite his rivals running on more competitive BF Goodrich tyres, showed the true potential of both driver and car.
I am really looking forward to this weekend. I enjoy the Manx stages and the rally should suit the little MG well. We have a good base setting on the suspension but will have to fine tune it over the first few stages. The biggest challenge will be the weather, but I love changeable conditions so fingers crossed we have a good run.
This weekend will represent Stuarts fifth visit to the Isle of Man and thus the talented youngster has an idea of what to expect. As such you can expect the screaming Super 2000 Sport to be one of the highlights of the weekend.
As well as Lico Wheels, makers of high quality competition wheels, Stuart and Andy are also assisted by PIAA, Rallytech, Teng Tools, Motorsport Insurance Service and Dacha Oak Products.