Defending Pirelli British Rally Champion Jonny Milner returns to the forests of his beloved North Yorkshire on September 27/28, determined to make it title number two in his Team Dynamics Toyota Corolla WRC. Any placing within the Top Nine...
Defending Pirelli British Rally Champion Jonny Milner returns to the forests of his beloved North Yorkshire on September 27/28, determined to make it title number two in his Team Dynamics Toyota Corolla WRC.
Any placing within the Top Nine points scorers on the event will give Milner his second consecutive championship after a superb year on the stages with Welshman Nicky Beech on the pace notes.
The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire is a special event for Jonny. A dominant win on the rally last year gave Milner the title that he had been dreaming of for nearly thirteen years. With rival Justin Dale blowing his engine on just the second stage, Milner romped into the distance, securing a popular local and championship victory in the Pirelli backed machine.
Twelve months on, and Milner arrives at the rally in an even stronger position. Jonny can afford to let rivals Tapio Laukkanen, Austin McHale and Jari-Matti Latvala fight their own battle at the front of the field as they wish. The Huggate driver will keep a watching brief and react accordingly in his Toyota.
Milner has been the model of consistent high speed driving this year. Hardly putting a mark on the car, Jonny has scored three maximum points finishes, including outright wins on the Scottish and Manx International Rallies. Incredibly, Milner has yet to finish outside the Top 2 on any round of the PBRC this year - a clear demonstration of his pace and determination to succeed.
Most recently, Jonny contested the Ulster Rally in Northern Ireland, grabbing third overall on the rally in a frenetic final day. Milner and Beech taking the coveted second points scoring spot in the process after a hard fought rally in the very toughest of conditions. The Yorkshire forests are quite a different challenge, and Milner is looking forward to the task ahead:
"You have to be positive" said Jonny. "We've given ourselves a fantastic opportunity to make it title number two as a result of everyone's hard work throughout this season. Everyone around us has worked for this, and we will do what we have to in order to get the result we need. The Corolla has been extremely reliable all season and will be having a thorough check before the rally. I'm feeling very confident, and what's more, I'm really looking forward to competing in the Yorkshire forests. There's nothing quite like competing on home soil.
Its a funny kind of pressure, as we're not under any pressure to win the rally or to beat anyone in particular. A good solid finish will be enough to take both the drivers and co-drivers title which is our aim. Team Dynamics, Pirelli and all of our other sponsors have been a massive help to us this year, so I really hope that we can get the job done on the event and be able to celebrate afterwards.
You can never take anything for granted in this sport so it really isn't over until the fat lady sings. I'm sure it will be an excellent rally as the organisers have worked extremely hard to make it that way. All we can do is give it our best shot as we have done all year, and hope that will be enough".
The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire is based in Malton, and uses the demanding forest stages of Dalby, Cropton and Gale Rigg for the bulk of its gravel mileage. Once again, a spectator "super special" stage is being held at the Pickering Showground, which is also the venue for service. 108 special stage miles are on offer for the event, which gets underway at precisely 9:31am from the centre of Malton on Saturday 27th. The event finishes on Sunday afternoon at around 2pm.
Pirelli British Rally Championship Points after Ulster Rally.
1. Jonny Milner - 69 points.
2. Austin McHale - 44 points.
3. Tapio Laukkanen - 42 points.
4. Kris Meeke - 31 points.
5. Jari-Matti Latvala - 23 points.