Roskirk next for rally returnee Jamie

Wrexham rally driver Jamie Edwards will make his first 2005 outing on March 13th, when he attempts the opening round of the Formula 1000 Tarmac Series; the Roskirk Stages, based at Three Sisters Race Track near Wigan.

Although the 29 year old Welshman plans to compete in the Formula 1000 Gravel Championship this year, he will compete on the event as it provides an ideal chance to shake off some of the closed-season cobwebs. Edwards is also keen to make sure that his MATADOR Tyres backed Nissan Micra is mechanically in good shape ahead of the Astra Stages Rally in April, when his assault on the inaugural Forest series begins.

A new addition to the team for 2005 comes in the shape of Farnborough based co-driver, Pamela Hilton. Jamie, who was accompanied by many 'one-off' co-driver's during his debut season in 2004, was delighted to secure the services of experienced Hilton for his 2005 Championship campaign. Pamela brings many years of experience to the car, including numerous class and championship victories from National Championship rallying in the UK.

The Roskirk Stages holds good memories for Silkolene Oil backed Edwards, as it was the setting for his competitive debut only one year ago. On this outing, Jamie had the luxury of a 1600cc professionally-prepared Peugeot 206 Super Cup car, which he successfully guided to 16th overall and 2nd in class. However, in a one-litre Micra, a top 10 finish in the F1000 Series will be hard earned, given the venue, the limited stage mileage on offer, and the strong competition.

Prior to the event, Jamie commented: "I'm really looking forward to this weekend, although we have many challenges ahead of us. I have to get used to driving competitively again as I haven't driven since September, and having Pam in the co-driver's seat is also a new thing, and we must get used to working together too. Our season begins for real with the Astra Stages on April 9th, so the most important goal for this weekend is that we enjoy the rally, and I can get used to the car again. Competition will be intense with no less than 20 near identical 'one litre' rally cars all champing at the bit for success. We'll have to be on our game in order to be anywhere near competitive, but I'm sure that both Pam and myself will be keen to mix it if we can."

The Formula 1000 Forest series is new for 2005. Competitors will tackle some of the most famous and challenging rally stages in Wales during the course of the season, along with a trip 'overseas' to the Isle of Man for a gravel rally on the famous motorsport mad Island. The series begins in Llangollen on April 9th with the Astra Stages Rally, and finishes in November with the classic end of year Cambrian Rally, based in Llandudno. Around 10 to 15 of the one litre championship specification cars are expected to take part this year.

Jamie Edwards is supported in 2005 by MATADOR Tyres, Silkolene Oil, Ian Hughes Motor Body Repair Centre, Seaspan Motorsport Logistics, Joey Simons International Recruitment Ltd, and Green Air Filters.

-jemsport-