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James Wozencroft round one preview

Rallying with Suzuki Sport and Thompson's Garages in 2005. 'James aims to be the Suzuki Star'. Rapid Shropshire rally driver James Wozencroft heads into Mid Wales this weekend for the opening round of the British Rally Championship 'Stars of the...

Rallying with Suzuki Sport and Thompson's Garages in 2005.
'James aims to be the Suzuki Star'.

Rapid Shropshire rally driver James Wozencroft heads into Mid Wales this weekend for the opening round of the British Rally Championship 'Stars of the Future' series. The Ludlow ace will be going for glory in his Thompson Garages backed Suzuki Ignis 1400, with Manxman Robert Fagg alongside.

Wozencroft has been in sensational form so far this year, with three straight wins from three starts in the Silkolene 1400 National Rally Championship. The young Englishman has caught the eye with his consistent performances, and served notice of his abundant talent with a show stealing performance at the recent BRC Live! Rally Sprint in Nuneaton.

Despite just a 1400cc engine in the striking yellow Ignis, 'Wozie' used every inch of the rally sprint road and more to record a stunning 3rd overall! Wozencroft's achievement made all the more remarkable as he beat the likes of Matt Wilson and Olly Marshall in state of the art World Rally Cars with 300 horsepower and four wheel drive.

For James though, it was just a bit of fun and a chance to entertain the crowds. The serious business commences this weekend, as he contests the Panaround Rally, comprising of 60 stage miles in the world famous Dyfi and Gartheiniog forests near to the rally base in Dolgellau. Both Wozie and Robert go into the rally with a positive attitude after their recent successes, and the pair already seem odds on favourites to set the pace on the opening round.

Wozencroft is confident, but aware that he cannot take success for granted in the all new series, designed to promote up and coming British rally talent through a 'feeder' series to the 'Premier League' of UK rallying:

'We're certainly being cast as the pace-setters for the series, but you can't take anything for granted in this game' reflected James after his BRC Live! outing. 'There will be plenty of competition, and in rallying - a puncture or a spin and stall can make the difference between winning and losing as I've found out in the past.

The Suzuki Ignis is in great shape and we're 100% ready for action and really looking forward to the rally. The pressure may be on us to perform, but we have plenty of confidence after our good form of this season, so there is no reason why we cannot do well on the event'.

James and Robert will contest the entire Stars of the Future series this year, visiting the likes of the Pirelli International Rally, Scottish Rally, Jim Clark Memorial Rally, Trackrod Rally Yorkshire and more along the way.

The Charlton Arms backed duo are desperate to kick their campaign off with a good start, and James will certainly be one to watch after the British Rally Championship stars have passed through the stages this weekend. Follow their progress on the official BRC website - www.brcweb.co.uk where you can access images, news, and results from all the rallies.

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Series BRC
Drivers Jim Clark , Olly Marshall