'Tarmac tester next for Fiesta leader Kevin'. Kevin Davies aims to strengthen his slender grip on the inaugural Fiesta SportingTrophy on July 8th, as he tackles the Jim Clark Rally for the very first time. The 21 year old MSA British Rally...
'Tarmac tester next for Fiesta leader Kevin'.
Kevin Davies aims to strengthen his slender grip on the inaugural Fiesta SportingTrophy on July 8th, as he tackles the Jim Clark Rally for the very first time. The 21 year old MSA British Rally Elite Academy driver will take his Ford Fiesta ST150 north to the Scottish borders for the all tarmac event. The Kelso based rally is the first tarmac round of the popular Fiesta based series, and with three rounds gone already, Welshman Davies has caught the eye with a string of consistently quick and reliable performances.
Davies goes into the event as championship leader, but the chasing pack is just a mere handful of points behind the Llanfihangel-ar-Arth based driver. Backed by KJ's Eden Tours, David Harries & Co and MM Ford of Aberystwyth, Kevin and his Llandysul based co-driver Emyr Jones are looking forward to the challenges posed by the fast tarmac lanes near to the former home town of the late racing legend Jim Clark. For Davies, it is a step into the unknown, as he has never driven the Ford competitively on tarmac before, and has far less experience of rallying on tarmac than some of his rivals.
However, the talented youngster is relishing the prospect of a new challenge, and is keen to make a good impression on his first trip to Scotland. The former BTRDA 1400 Class A5 champion used to contest 'road rallies' in his native West Wales a couple of years ago, so tarmac is not a complete shock to the system for Kevin. The similarities between the rear wheel drive Ford Escort Mk2 and the front wheel drive Fiesta ST150 are few and far between, and Kevin is well aware that he needs to maintain his excellent start to the season next weekend.
Supported by www.rallycarsales.net, X-Cite Motorsport Supplies and Geoff Jones Motorsport, Davies will need to use all of his trademark calmness in order to rise to the challenge. Three consecutive podium finishes have shown that Davies has the consistency and speed, but now Kevin is looking for more:
'I'm really happy with the year so far. Despite limited testing, we've been able to score well on every round, and if I am honest, we didn't expect to be leading the championship at this stage of the season. It has gone very well for the whole team, and Geoff Jones Motorsport have done a brilliant job in preparing such a reliable car. Tarmac is a bit of an unknown area for us with the Fiesta, and I'm well aware that some of our rivals have far more experience of rallying on tarmac than me. Having said that, I've got experience from my days of road rallying in West Wales, so I think that will certainly help me. The pace has been very hot at the sharp end of the series so far, and I'm sure that will continue right to the end of the year. The good thing is that with every event we are all improving, but at the same time we are still learning and still scoring points. Hopefully our good fortune will continue and we can keep pushing really hard for more points.'