James Wozencroft with Dealer Team Suzuki. 'Wozie's up for the title showdown!' MSA British Rally Elite driver James Wozencroft heads to the final round of the Tesco 99 British Rally Championship this weekend and remains in contention for the...
James Wozencroft with Dealer Team Suzuki.
'Wozie's up for the title showdown!'
MSA British Rally Elite driver James Wozencroft heads to the final round of the Tesco 99 British Rally Championship this weekend and remains in contention for the Super 1600 class title. The Ludlow ace will battle it out with his regular Super 1600 rivals on Wales Rally GB, the last round of the FIA World Rally Championship. James needs to score heavily in order to have a chance of lifting the trophy for the first time.
Driving his Thompson Garage and Dealer Team Suzuki backed Ignis Super 1600, James and his Manx based co-driver Rob Fagg will face a tough challenge on the three day rally. Junior World Rally Championship star Guy Wilks needs another good finish to guarantee the British Super 1600 title, but should Wilks hit trouble, Wozencroft will be ready to pounce in the Dunlop backed Suzuki.
James knows that he will have to go all out for success in order to give himself the best chance possible of lifting the British crown. Wilks has been the fastest man in the series so far this year, but Wozencroft has been selected as a wildcard entry into the Junior World Rally Championship field for this final event of the season.
Based in Cardiff, Wales Rally GB is one of the fastest and most challenging rallies on the world stage. Ice and mud can play havoc with tyre selections, and James is desperate to make a good start to the rally. British Rally Championship points will be split over different legs of the event, so James must be going at a strong pace in order to capitalise on any mistakes that fellow Suzuki driver Wilks might make.
James admitted that it will be a tall order to win the championship, but the Shropshire man is nothing if not determined. Consistent finishes throughout the season have brought their rewards for James, who has good experience of the South Wales forests from his time in the BTRDA 1400 and ANCRO Clubmans Rally Championships. The 2005 BRC 'Stars of the Future' Champion is keen to get started next Friday:
"I think the pressure is on us for this one" said Wozencroft. "Guy is a great driver and he has been brilliant all year. I know that if he has a clear run that we'll not be able to beat him in a straight fight. However, rallying is a funny old game, and should he hit problems, we have to be there to take advantage. The only way we can do that is to push hard from the start. Being part of the JWRC on the event is a bonus as well, as I'm keen to test myself against the World level opposition. It will certainly be a big thing for us to win the British Rally Championship Super 1600 title, but we're going to give it our absolute best shot and see if that is good enough. I don't wish any bad luck to Guy as he is a top driver. Hopefully fortune will favour us over the three days, but we'll need to put in a good performance ourselves in order to make anything happen. The stages can be very tricky at this time of year with mud and ice always a possibility. It is a fantastic challenge, and I'm really looking forward to having a good go."
Wozencroft will commence the pre-event stage 'recce' on Tuesday along with the cream of the World Rally Championship regulars, before starting the rally for real on Friday. Three long days of competitive driving await the youngster, who will notch up over 220 miles of gravel stages before reaching the finish on Sunday afternoon.