Milner takes all in Wales. Team Dynamics Subaru driver Jonny Milner bounced back in fine style on the International Rally of Wales this weekend, as he turned in a polished performance to take a well earned win in the dusty conditions.
Milner takes all in Wales.
Team Dynamics Subaru driver Jonny Milner bounced back in fine style on the International Rally of Wales this weekend, as he turned in a polished performance to take a well earned win in the dusty conditions. The Dolgellau based event was the second round of the Kwik Fit-Pirelli British Rally Championship, and Huggate based Milner was determined to make up for his retirement from the opening round.
With local knowledge in the shape of Welsh co-driver Nicky Beech, Milner was in confident mood ahead of the stages in his Team Dynamics and Pirelli backed Impreza WRC. The Morgan Motorsport leased machine was also in fine fettle for the opening blast in the Dyfi forest complex.
Running first on the road as a result of winning the event the last time it ran was a bonus for Milner, as he set a time just 0.1 seconds faster than main rival David Higgins on the opening stage. Milner's plan was to try and stay ahead of the Hyundai driver for the Saturday leg of stages, but a high speed spin in the Subaru cost Milner around 10 seconds, and Higgins led the rally by just 16 seconds overnight.
Despite having to run in the dust cloud created by Higgins on the second day, Milner was in full flight on the opening stage of Sunday morning, and halfway through Hafren, Jonny could literally smell the burning rubber of Higgins in front -- the Manxman had a puncture. Milner's charge netted him a time 16 seconds faster than anyone else, and opened a clear 44 second lead in the process as Higgins dropped around two minutes.
Fastest time on the next stage gave the ever rapid Yorkshireman over a minute's lead with one stage to go -- and Milner kept the pressure on till the very end as he took a 1 minute and 4 second win from the impressive Ford Focus WRC of Irish veteran Austin McHale.
After a tough weekend , Milner was understandably delighted with his win:
"The pressure was on this weekend, that's for sure. Not scoring on the first round meant that we came here looking for the best result possible. David was unlucky to suffer the puncture when he did, but that's rallying. We stuck to our game plan throughout the weekend, and the whole team did a fantastic job in making sure that the car ran well and Nicky was superb. The next event is the Scottish, where we have won two years in a row now. I'm sure that with a little more fine tuning to the car, and a bit more seat time, we can increase our pace further on that event and begin to push for the championship again".
Jonny and the team also took the opportunity in Wales to showcase the BRC to a main backer of the BTCC Team Dynamics Racing Team, Computeach, who are currently backing Matt Neal and the team within the Touring Car series. The double British Rally Champions certainly could not have given them a better introduction to the high speed thrills that forest rallying has to offer.