JRM gets set to challenge for British Rally titles * Gwyndaf Evans continues with JRM team for second half of the season Following last week's announcement that Gwyndaf Evans will contest the remaining three events in the Dulux Trade MSA...
JRM gets set to challenge for British Rally titles
* Gwyndaf Evans continues with JRM team for second half of the season
Following last week's announcement that Gwyndaf Evans will contest the remaining three events in the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, the JRM team are now preparing for the fourth round of the series, the International Rally Isle of Man on the 9th & 10th July.
Having scored outright victories in rounds two and three, the Pirelli and Jim Clark Rallies, Evans currently lies second in the championship and is in an excellent position to mount a serious challenge for his second British title - his first claimed in 1996. Therefore, with the possibility of securing both the driver's and team's championships, JRM views this as a great opportunity to further increase its profile in the sport.
"After winning two out of the three rounds, we decided we would contest the rest of the season", said Team Principal James Rumsey. "We are well-placed to take advantage of our current position in the championship and therefore will be doing all we can to win both titles."
Following a test in Wales on Monday, Team Manager John Barnes commented: "We have done quite a lot of work to the car following its last outing in Donegal. I'm pleased to report it ran well throughout the test and, having made a few adjustments to the set-up, everything is looking positive for this weekend."
In the absence of his regular co-driver this year Chris Patterson, Evans will be partnered on this occasion by Gareth Roberts, who has become available after Ford driver Craig Breen withdrew his entry from this weekend's event. Roberts previously sat next to the experienced Welshman on the 2008 Rally GB.
"I'm sure it goes without saying that I am very pleased to be competing in the remaining three rounds", said Evans. "For me, it's great to think that I could be in with a chance of winning the British title again, but I've been in this sport long enough to know that it won't be easy."
The Rally Isle of Man in particular is one of the season's toughest events, the high-speed and technically demanding Manx lanes having a reputation for pushing drivers, co-drivers and the cars to their limits.
One driver that understands this more than most is Daniel Sigurdarson, who crashed heavily on his one and only previous visit to the island in 2008. Co-driven on this occasion by his sister Asta Sigurdardottir, the Icelandic Rally Champion aims to lay the spectre of his Manx memories to rest and will again run under the JRM banner in order to increase the team's chances of success in the team's category.
This year's rally features 143 miles in total and, following the ceremonial start on the North Quay in Douglas on Thursday evening, the competition gets underway on Friday with 13 stages, followed by a further eight on Saturday.