Robinson on First Step to Rallying Stardom Exciting young Cheltenham driver Ed Robinson is a step closer to a rally driving career after impressing the instructors at a tough competitive assessment with Junior World Rally Championship outfit ...
Robinson on First Step to Rallying Stardom
Exciting young Cheltenham driver Ed Robinson is a step closer to a rally driving career after impressing the instructors at a tough competitive assessment with Junior World Rally Championship outfit Prospeed motorsport.
During 2004, the ProSpeed Motorsport Rally Scholarship aims to search out a new potential rally superstar: After excellent performances on both Gravel and Tarmac, 17 year old Robinson is to attend the invitation-only second round of the Scholarship, and will be hoping to be one of only six candidates who will advance to the final stage of the Scholarship.
Assessing those six candidates will be 2002/3 British Rally Champion Johnny Milner. The driver he deems the best, after three rounds of assessment, training and advice, will be funded during 2005 by the ProSpeed Motorsport team, and will pilot a fully prepared Group 'A' 206 Rally car for the season. The team will provide everything from car hire, co-driver hire and service crew, down to petrol, tyres, entry fees and insurance - worth over £30,000.
"With tough competition throughout the assessment, Ed has done exceptionally well to get this far," said a Prospeed Spokesperson, "and he stands a good chance of progressing through to the final round."
Robinson has already shown his rallying capabilities this season. He won the group 'N' 1400cc class on the Red Dragon Rally in May, setting faster stage times than many more powerful cars and more experienced crews. He led the class again on both the Dukeries and Quinton rallies before retiring from both with mechanical problems.
International co-driver Iestyn ap Dafydd, who navigated for Robinson on the three events, believes he has an excellent chance.
"Undoubtedly, Ed has talent," says ap Dafydd, "There is much more to being a successful rally driver than driving fast, and he has the personality and the maturity, even at 17, to be an exceptional Rally Driver. I wish him all the best!"