22 Motorsport Victorious at The Tempest Rally November 6, 2004 - Aldershot - The 22 Motorsport team were delighted with their achievements on the 2004 Tempest Rally at the weekend. Simon Hughes celebrated a convincing win in GpN, whilst ...
22 Motorsport Victorious at The Tempest Rally
November 6, 2004 - Aldershot - The 22 Motorsport team were delighted with their achievements on the 2004 Tempest Rally at the weekend. Simon Hughes celebrated a convincing win in GpN, whilst Jennie-Lee Hermansson followed closely behind finishing in 4th, and newcomer to the team, Shaun Bolt, impressed everyone on his Subaru debut by coming home in 5th place.
The pressure was on the 22 Motorsport team as they headed into the Tempest Rally for the final round of the 2004 British Rally Championship. Jennie- Lee Hermansson and co-driver Howard Davies started the rally leading the Production Cup and Jennie-Lee also led the Ladies Championship, so they had everything to fight for as Leg 1 started in the dark on Friday. All went well, and the evening ended with Hughes, Hermansson and Bolt finishing in 1st, 5th, and 8th place in GpN respectively, amidst the noise and spectacle of fireworks lighting up the night sky.
Hermansson drove a solidly consistent rally once again, and put in good stage times, whilst struggling slightly with the conditions. Eventually, and not unexpectedly, she had to relinquish her leads in both the Production and Ladies Cup. However, to finish in the top 3 of the Production Class in the Championship in her first season was an extremely impressive result for the young Swedish driver.
Shaun Bolt, running on the Tempest Rally fresh from his victory in the Super 1400s, jumped into his first four wheel drive Subaru and got down to business immediately. In spite of the mud and damp conditions Bolt remained committed and completed his first Production Cup rally in the top 5 - an exceptional result.
The Tempest Rally marked the end of a very successful 2004 British Rally Championship season for the Banbury based 22 Motorsport team, with Jennie- Lee Hermansson finishing 3rd in the Production Cup and 2nd in the Ladies Championship overall, and the team achieving 3rd place overall in the British Teams' Championship.
The team will now have a well deserved, if rather short, break in which to reflect on its many achievements and successes during 2004 and will soon be preparing for what should be a very exciting 2005 season next year.
Jennie-Lee Hermansson- "Well, I am naturally disappointed that I did not win, but to be honest, no one comes into their first rally championship and wins it flat out. I have learned so much this year and working with Howard and the team has exceeded my expectations. I am really pleased I have given them a 3rd place Championship result and I will use my winter time off to look back on my experiences here and to keep driving in Sweden to prepare for a win next year. "
Simon Hughes- "I told everyone to watch out for me here when we finished at the end of the Trackrod. I am totally thrilled to have won the Production Class. I knew we had the car to win and when I went to bed after Leg 1 I couldn't sleep, because I was so keen to get back out there and give it everything. The professionalism of 22 Motorsport has certainly made a difference. This victory is for all of us to celebrate."
Shaun Bolt- "This is my first rally in a GpN Subaru and I'm really pleased to be with a proper team like 22 Motorsport. Although I was really going for it, I was a bit careful with the car, so I know I could have been quicker. The guys did a great job and I'm looking forward to a longer campaign next year"
Will Hunt- "We are delighted with the team's achievements today and during the 2004 season. To be 3rd in the British Teams Championship is great and reflects the hard work and dedication every member of our team has put in. In return, the crews did a fantastic job, with Simon's first place in Group N, Jennie-Lee's 3rd place and Shaun's top 5 finish in his first outing with us. We are all very proud and are determined to be back to prove our worth in 2005".