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Jones to journey to Jim Clark MG Super 2000 Sport works driver Stuart Jones is eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming Jim Clark International Rally, the first of three back to back tarmac rallies. This will mark the first time that the...

Jones to journey to Jim Clark

MG Super 2000 Sport works driver Stuart Jones is eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming Jim Clark International Rally, the first of three back to back tarmac rallies. This will mark the first time that the new age MSD run car will compete on a British tarmac event, and they admit that the first couple of stages will be a step into the unknown.

Stuart will be calling on prior experience of the stages, having contested the rally four times in the past, but is also well aware that the set up of the Lico Wheels backed MG will be extremely crucial this weekend. Although MSD, the team behind the project, currently run a privateer car in Ireland for Roy White, the characteristics of the roads are completely different. As such the opening loop of stages will be more of a high speed test than a true representation of the cars pace.

23 year old Stuart, who hails from Welshpool, has plenty of tarmac experience to call upon. The 2003 Peugeot Super Cup Champion has numerous class wins, fastest stage times and even overall rallies wins on the black stuff to his credit, and with the experienced Andy Bull calling the notes this partnership is certainly a potent one.

I am really looking forward to the Jim Clark Rally. It suits my driving style, and the MG should go really well this weekend. We won't have the opportunity to test ahead of the rally but I am still confident that, once we've sorted the settings out, we'll be on the pace. And if it rains, all the better!

Stuart and Andy, who are backed by PIAA, Rallytech, Teng Tools, Motorsport Insurance Service and Dacha Oak Products, enjoyed a strong run on the British Rally Championship debut of the MG Super 2000 Sport, the recent Pirelli International Rally. Based in Carlisle this 2 day long event in the Kielder forests saw the young pairing set a string of top times to end the rally sixth overall.

The Lico Wheels MG Super 2000 Sport rally team are contesting the full Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship in 2008, with a selection of European events also on the cards, providing the budget can be sourced. The car, based on an MG ZR shell, but with a race tuned 2 litre engine and 4 wheel drive transmission, is one of the new breed of rally cars which were recently earmarked by the FIA as being the base for the next generation of World Rally Cars.

-credit: stuartjonesrallying.com

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Series BRC
Drivers Jim Clark , Stuart Jones , Andy Bull