JRM confirms more rallies with Evo X * Gwyndaf Evans to drive in third round of British Rally Championship @* PG Andersson to compete in Sardinia Following the recent announcement that Keith Cronin will drive one of its Group N Mitsubishi...
JRM confirms more rallies with Evo X
* Gwyndaf Evans to drive in third round of British Rally Championship @* PG Andersson to compete in Sardinia
Following the recent announcement that Keith Cronin will drive one of its Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Xs in next month's Donegal Rally, JRM has this week confirmed that it will continue its programme to promote its cars by entering two more rallies in the next few weeks.
Having recorded its first outright victory in the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship on last month's Pirelli Rally, JRM has entered Gwyndaf Evans in round three of the UK series, the Jim Clark Rally. Having scored a win on gravel, the team has admitted that it would now like to achieve the same success on asphalt in order to show that its cars are competitive on both surfaces.
Evans, who will again be partnered by co-driver Chris Patterson, is currently lying fourth in the driver's championship, whilst JRM jointly lead the team's championship.
"Having won last time out I am really pleased to be getting the chance to compete again", said Evans. "I fully understand that JRM's BRC programme is being carried out on an event-by-event basis. So to have been entered for half of the championship's six rounds so far is a real bonus and I shall do all I can to deliver another good result for the team."
The experienced Welshman will use the right-hand-drive car that was campaigned in 2009 by Evolution Challenge prize-winner David Bogie, as Evans' Pirelli winning LHD Evo will be on its way to the Rally d'Italia Sardegna to be driven by top Swedish driver Per-Gunnar Andersson.
"I was delighted to be asked to drive for JRM", said Andersson. "I drove an Evolution IX in the Swedish Championship last year and won a number of events outright. I therefore know a bit about driving Mitsubishis and Group N and it will be good to see how this car performs in an IRC round. I'm looking forward to it!"
The Sardinian event will see the first time that a JRM Evo X has taken part in a round of the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) and the team is interested to see how it's Mitsubishi compares, not just against other Group N cars, but S2000 cars as well. Andersson will be co-driven by fellow countryman Anders Fredriksson.
"Entering these two events and the Donegal Rally is all part of our promotional campaign to showcase our cars in countries where there is potential to sell new Group N Lancers and Ralliart parts", explains Operations Manager for JRM John Barnes. "At the moment we don't have plans for any more events, but it is a case of seeing how each one goes and then making decisions from there."
The Jim Clark Rally starts and finishes in Kelso and takes place on closed public roads in Berwickshire on 28-29 May. The Rally d'Italia Sardegna is an all-gravel event held entirely on the Island of Sardinia from 4-6 June.
-source: jrm group