It will be another first for the JR Motorsports, when its rally team heads half-way across the Irish sea for round four of this year's MSA British Rally Championship for the Rally Isle of Man. Driving the team's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, ...
It will be another first for the JR Motorsports, when its rally team heads half-way across the Irish sea for round four of this year's MSA British Rally Championship for the Rally Isle of Man.
Driving the team's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, David Bogie and co-driver Kevin Rae will be looking to set the records straight following round three, the Jim Clark Rally, when an accident on the first day followed by an engine problem on the second forced them into an early retirement.
Since then, the team has rebuilt and tested its Evo X and therefore has high hopes that the car will perform well over the Manx roads. They are confident that the car's inherently good handling coupled with its exe-tc suspension system will cope well with the changing character of the island's bumpy and undulating stages.
Adding to the determination to grab a top result, David is aware that he needs a good haul of points to keep his and the team's title hopes alive. He has also admitted he has a score to settle, as his previous visits to the Isle of Man have not gone according to plan, as the 21-year old Scot explains:
"I have competed on the island twice before and, although being on the pace, both times have resulted in a damaged car. I've now got more experience on tarmac and therefore, as it's a long and demanding rally, it's a case of not making any mistakes, treating the car well and getting to the finish - a strategy that will almost certainly bring us a good result."
After finishing fourth in round one and third in round two, David still holds a respectable sixth place in the British Championship Driver's standings, even after recording a non-finish last time out. JR Motorsports are currently second in the Team's category and, as they are only fielding one car next weekend, the aim will be to grasp as many points as possible.
Regarded as a motorsport mecca, the Isle of Man has become a regular feature in the BRC calendar. This year sees the event format condensed to just two days, although crews will still have to tackle a total of 180 stage miles.
The rally starts from the Douglas TT grandstand at 10.00am on Friday morning and see 113 miles split into 12 special stages before the overnight halt. A further 67 miles and eight stages take place on Saturday, before the finish in front of the grandstand on Saturday afternoon.
JR Motorsports' 2009 British Rally Championship campaign is supported by: Oakbank Services, exe-tc competition suspension, Lico, Opie Oils, PPG Transmissions and Carbonetics Clutches.
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