'Milner approves formula for success'. Double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner to star at Cumbrian club Rally... Double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner will be the star attraction at the final round of the inaugural Falken Tyres...
'Milner approves formula for success'.
Double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner to star at Cumbrian club Rally...
Double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner will be the star attraction at the final round of the inaugural Falken Tyres supported Formula 1000 Rally Championship, The Mild and Bitter Stages Rally at Haverigg in Cumbria.
The ever popular Yorkshire ace will swap his state of the art Subaru Impreza World Rally Car for the more sedate pace of a virtually standard Nissan Micra 'Celebrity Car' for the Cumbrian event. The slippery conditions well be a tough challenge for Milner and his co-driver, Kirsty Riddick, of Castle Douglas. It will be the first time the pair have competed together, and Milner is looking forward to leading away the ultra competitive field of one litre rally cars in the PEC Tyres backed Nissan.
Starting in early 2004, the series is open exclusively to one litre rally cars, designed with budget rallying in mind. By using largely standard components on the cars, aside from essential safety work to strengthen and protect, a cost effective yet highly competitive formula has been created. Around 21 cars normally participate in each round of the North Western based series, and the championship will be decided on the final event in Haverigg.
Huggate based Milner, winner of such illustrious rallies as the Rally of Wales, Manx International Rally and Scottish Rally, will not be driving a Micra for the first time on October 31st. Jonny helped to develop the original Nissan Micra Challenge cars for the works team in the mid 90's, and is well aware of what the 'pocket rockets' are capable of:
"It will be a great deal of fun, and that's the most important thing at this level" said Jonny. "Of course with such little power available from a one litre car, its going to be very hard work to keep the momentum up on the stages - but that is part of the battle. I've been impressed at how close some of the battles have been in the Championship this year, and I'm under no illusions that Kirsty and myself will have an easy task on the day. There'll be plenty of drivers all gunning for victory on the final round of the year, so we'll certainly need to be on our toes to keep ahead of the pack. It should be a really good day, and I'm sure that the Formula 1000 regulars will do a fine job of humiliating drivers of some more powerful cars once again!".
Milner, who is also President of the Formula 1000 Rally Club, will be joined on the day by up and coming Scottish co-driver Kirsty Riddick, who will sit with a National Champion for the second time in two consecutive weekends. Riddick will partner former Scottish Rally Champion Jimmy Girvan on the Bulldog Rally before joining up with the 2002 and 2003 British Champion in Cumbria. The 19 year old Glasgow University student has co-driven in the Ford KA and Fiat Stilo Rally Championships in 2004, and is looking forward to sitting with Milner for the first time:
"Its a fantastic opportunity to sit with someone like Jonny - and that is the great thing about the Formula 1000 series having a celebrity car. Without that, its highly unlikely I would get the chance to sit with a British Champion. Whilst it might only be a one litre Nissan Micra, I'm sure that I can learn a huge amount from Jonny on the day, as he has so much experience. I'm sure I'll be extremely nervous before the start, but its the opportunity of a lifetime to sit with such a great driver. I can't wait for the rally to begin now!".
For more information on the Formula 1000 Rally Championship, visit www.formula1000.com .