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Melis confident ahead of Jim Clark 18 year old Melis Charalambous is excitedly looking forward to the second round of the 2008 British Rally Championship, this weekends Jim Clark International Rally. Melis, who along with co-driver...

Melis confident ahead of Jim Clark

18 year old Melis Charalambous is excitedly looking forward to the second round of the 2008 British Rally Championship, this weekends Jim Clark International Rally.

Melis, who along with co-driver Andrew Roughead, make up the youngest crew in the British Championship with a combined age of just 40 years between them, will be contesting his second ever tarmac rally this weekend. 12 months ago Melis did not even have a driving licence but following a recent successful test on the Manx National Rally the young North London student is really looking forward to his second outing on closed public roads.

After the Manx National I am really excited about this weekends rally. I still prefer gravel but I enjoyed driving on tar more than I expected. Andrew and I worked quite a lot recently with Pentti Airikkala and my confidence is building day by day. We've also been working hard on our notes but as usual my main priority is completing the route and gaining as much experience of the stages as possible.

The recent Manx National Rally was Melis first ever tarmac rally and once he had adjusted to the massive levels of grip available his times were more than respectable for some one with so little experience. A transmission problem on Saturday afternoon cut short his test but even so the experience gained should stand Melis in good stead this weekend.

The Jim Clark International Rally, the second round of the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, sees the premier division of British Rallying head to the small Scottish town of Kelso for two days of high speed tarmac rallying over closed public roads.

-credit: jimclarkrally.com

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