Points not prizes will suit Milner Reigning Pirelli British Rally Champion Jonny Milner is after points and not prizes on next weekend's Ulster Rally. The Team Dynamics Toyota driver holds a healthy lead in the points table and will be looking...
Points not prizes will suit Milner
Reigning Pirelli British Rally Champion Jonny Milner is after points and not prizes on next weekend's Ulster Rally. The Team Dynamics Toyota driver holds a healthy lead in the points table and will be looking to consolidate his lead after an impressive run of results.
The Yorkshireman from Huggate was in unstoppable form on the recent Manx International Rally, as he and Wrexham born co-driver Nicky Beech demolished the opposition to win the rally by a near five minute margin.
Spurred on by the double retirements of championship rivals Tapio Laukkanen and Jari-Matti Latvala, Milner arrives in Northern Ireland full of confidence. With only three rounds of the series left to go, Jonny only needs to finish in the top three on the next two events to claim back to back British Rally Champion titles.
As a result of his excellent points position, Milner can afford to slightly relax as the championship circus arrives at a short but very sharp Ulster Rally. Bumpy, wet, narrow and muddy are words often associated with the lanes near the events base in Armagh. Local knowledge is often key to success on the event, but Milner is more than happy to take the watching brief on the compact event:
"The pressure is on Tapio and Jari to get the results this time" said Jonny. "We couldn't have pushed any harder on the Manx without taking massive risks - and it paid off big time. Now its our turn to relax a little. The priority for us is to get as many championship points as possible, so if the others want to run off in front at a risky pace, then we'll let them go. However, if the pace is ok and everything feels fine, then we'll be up there. We certainly won't be going there to cruise around thats for sure. There's still a long way to go in the season and a lot of work to be done.
Tyre choice plays a crucial part in deciding the outcome of an event like the Ulster. Fortunately Pirelli have provided us with great support this year, so I'm confident that between my own team out on the stages, and Pirelli's own input, we'll be on a good tyre strategy. It could make all the difference in such a short and sharp event."
With the Corolla WRC in its usual reliable mode, Milner has only made two significant changes to the car since the Manx - two brand new COBRA Technology seats! The Telford based competition and road car seat maker have teamed up with Jonny to help promote their latest range of ultra lightweight and high technology competition seats for the remainder of the season, and Jonny is delighted to have their support:
"The new COBRA Technology seats look fantastic and they're ideally suited to the relatively small Corolla interior. The seats are extremely light, very strong and have been specifically designed to support the body in all areas where its needed most, especially the head and neck areas. They're also extremely comfortable unlike some competition seats I've used in the past so I'm more than happy to have COBRA on board."
The Ulster Rally is based in Armagh and runs over two days, starting on the 5th of September and finishes 24 hours later at around 4pm on the Saturday. Milner is currently 27 points ahead of second placed driver Austin McHale in the Pirelli British Rally Championship going into the rally.