England 3, Scotland 0 hopes Milner Double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner heads to some of his favourite rally stages this weekend, as he contests the Scottish International Rally, based in Dumfries. The Team Dynamics and Pirelli backed ...
England 3, Scotland 0 hopes Milner
Double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner heads to some of his favourite rally stages this weekend, as he contests the Scottish International Rally, based in Dumfries. The Team Dynamics and Pirelli backed Subaru Impreza WRC driver is looking to build on his recent victory on the Rally of Wales as he bids for a historic third British Rally Championship title in a row.
With Welshman Nicky Beech alongside on the pace notes, Milner is keen to build his points tally on the normally dry and dusty Scottish event that takes place over the Friday evening and Saturday of the weekend. Armed with a 2002 specification Morgan Motorsport leased Subaru Impreza WRC, Milner is confident that he can score his third straight win in the Galloway forests after winning the event in 2002 and again in 2003.
Milner's task is not an easy one however, with a number of drivers all keen to prevent the Yorkshireman from Huggate from scoring success across the border. Championship leader David Higgins will start the event as Jonny's main rival, as the Manxman looks to continue his fierce battle with the Team Dynamics backed outfit. Irish veteran Austin McHale also put in some excellent stage times in Wales and cannot be discounted for success ahead of the event in his state of the art Ford Focus WRC03.
Jonny however, is not focusing on his rivals, and remains clear about what he needs to achieve this weekend:
"The most crucial thing is to score heavily with points again, as we cannot afford any mistakes. The car performed very well in Wales and I feel that I am getting used to it now. It is quite a different machine from the Toyota Corolla WRC that we used in Scotland to win for the past two years, but we take a lot of confidence from our result in Wales.
We know that both David and Austin will go well in Scotland, so the dust that hangs in the stages could well play a major part in deciding the outcome. Running first on the road means that once again we will sweep the top layer of gravel off the road for the other drivers, but we also get to run in clean air which is good for us."
The striking red Subaru leads away another quality field of Kwik-Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship campaigners on the Friday evening, before facing just under 100 miles of fast and flowing Scottish forestry stages to the South West of the host town of Dumfries. Whilst looking forward to the event, Milner regards the limited stage mileages on offer as key part in deciding the destiny of the title this year:
"Just under 100 stage miles is a very short event -- and that can give you problems if you are unlucky enough to encounter a puncture or a mechanical failure. The pressure really is on from the very first mile of the first stage until you cross the last finish line -- and there is literally no room for error or mistakes. Whilst it is bad for drivers, as it gives them virtually no chance of clawing back any time lost, it is good for the Championship as it creates plenty of competition -- with anyone capable of winning if others hit problems. I think this is part of the reason why the championship looks healthy for this year, and we are certainly enjoying the battle."
Jonny Milner and the Team Dynamics Subaru team are supported by Team Dynamics Alloy Wheels, Pirelli Tyres, Goldline Bearings Ltd, Sun Diagnostics UK, Ferodo, NGK Spark Plugs, SPARCO, Superflow Exhausts, Elanders Hindson, Green Filters, 76 R Fuels and Competition Car Insurance.