Young guns target strong run on Isle of Man 19 year old Nick Kenny and his 24 year old co-driver George Gwynn are fired up and focused as the pair, whose combined age make them the youngest crew in the British Rally Championship, prepare to...
Young guns target strong run on Isle of Man
19 year old Nick Kenny and his 24 year old co-driver George Gwynn are fired up and focused as the pair, whose combined age make them the youngest crew in the British Rally Championship, prepare to resume battle on the tough and twisty lanes of the Isle of Man this coming weekend.
Telford based Kenny has only ever competed on the island once before but is confident that he can learn from the experiences on offer from Geoff Jones, who not only runs his K-Motion backed Subaru Impreza N12 but is also acting as a driver coach for the young talent.
I did the Manx National last year but we didn't get too far before mechanical problems halted my car. Geoff's advice helped me a great deal on the Jim Clark Rally recently and I'm really looking forward to returning to the Island this weekend.
Meanwhile George, who not only co-drives for Nick in the BRC but also works as a rally car technician during the week for Geoff Jones Motorsport, has been keeping his hand in. He recently competed alongside Neville Jones on the Dukeries where the pair experienced a great run out.
George also has only competed on the island once, alongside Mark Gamble last year. Their event ended just as prematurely as Nick's when the pair crashed out early on but George is confident that lessons learnt then will help prepare him for this weekend.
Although I might have crashed out on my one and only previous visit to the island I know not to underestimate the place. The Manx roads are really tricky but Nick and I have been working hard on our notes and I'm confident we will go well on this event!
The pair were on course for a top 6 result in the second round of the 2007 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, the Jim Clark Rally, when minor gearbox maladies sidelined the Safe Financials supported car. The pair did return for the final leg, under super rally rules, where they again set times that masked Nick's relative lack of tarmac experience.
The 2007 Isle of Man International Rally begins on Thursday 19th July and ends with a ceremonial finish at the TT Grandstands in Douglas on Saturday afternoon.
-credit: www.nickkenny.co.uk and www.george-gwynn.co.uk