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Ulster: Stuart Jones preview

Stuart all set for Ulster Welsh rallying ace Stuart Jones is eagerly looking forward to returning to Ireland for this weekends Todds Leap Ulster Rally as the Lico Wheels backed driver has shown good form on his last visit to the event in ...

Stuart all set for Ulster

Welsh rallying ace Stuart Jones is eagerly looking forward to returning to Ireland for this weekends Todds Leap Ulster Rally as the Lico Wheels backed driver has shown good form on his last visit to the event in 2006.

Back in 2006 Stuart, in his first year in the British Rally Championship, took a splendid podium position on the Ulster Rally, and was never far off the pace of the eventual winners. Fast forward 12 months and Stuart put in a very strong drive on last years inaugural WRC Rally Ireland before being hampered by gearbox problems.

Stuart, who is co-driven by Manchester based Andy Bull , returns to Armagh with the exciting new Lico Wheels supported MG Super 2000 Sport and, judging by their early season pace, the nimble MSD run screamer should be in contention from the word go.

I've always enjoyed the Irish tarmac. I'm not sure why it suits my driving style and am really hoping we have a good run this weekend as we need to get our championship back on track.

A tight budget for 2008 has precluded any major testing opportunities but despite this Stuart and Andy are confident of a good run this weekend. The good thing is that the team have a fair bit of tarmac experience as Roy White has been competing in the Irish Championship all year in the sister car and so we at least have a good base set up to start with. The pair finished the Jim Clark Rally in May second amongst the British Rally Championship runners and are still very much in contention for the overall title.

Stuart and Andy are backed by Lico Wheels, makers of high quality competition wheels, and are also assisted by PIAA, Rallytech, Teng Tools, Motorsport Insurance Service and Dacha Oak Products, all of which form a vital part of the team.

The Todds Leap Ulster Rally is based in Armagh and the 2 day event features over 160 stage miles on some of the most diverse tarmac roads in Ireland , presenting a true test of man and machine.

-credit: sj

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Series BRC
Drivers Jim Clark , Stuart Jones , Andy Bull