JRM set for big push on BRC opener This weekend will see JRM begin an assault on this year's Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, when experienced Welshman and former British Champion Gwyndaf Evans re-joins the team for round one, ...
JRM set for big push on BRC opener
This weekend will see JRM begin an assault on this year's Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, when experienced Welshman and former British Champion Gwyndaf Evans re-joins the team for round one, the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales.
Gwyndaf and co-driver Chris Patterson will be reunited with the Group N (R4 - Production Class) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X they campaigned so impressively in the last two rounds of the 2009 BRC season, both on the asphalt of the Ulster Rally and the gravel forest roads of the Rally Yorkshire.
"I'm delighted to be back with JRM for the start of this season", said Gwyndaf. "I have now had a chance to test the car properly and worked closely with the team to get the set up just right. I therefore came away from the most recent test very happy with the way the car was performing, both with its straight-line speed and handling. It's a car that I really enjoy driving and it will be interesting to see how our pace compares next weekend."
The JRM team has worked tirelessly since the test to analyse the data collected and then dial it into the car. Added to this, a great deal of development work has been carried out during the winter - which included significant input from Exe-tc Competition Suspension - the team looking to make its Evo Xs the best there is.
"We believe that we have all the ingredients for a good result. Gwyndaf is on his home patch in a car that performs very well and I think he is going to be the man to beat this weekend", said JRM Operations Manager John Barnes. "We have been very pleased with the way things have gone so far this season, after taking our first outright win in Finland last month and with the gravel testing going really well. We therefore make no secret that we are looking to secure our first British Championship victory."
Adding to the team's chances of a successful weekend is Daniel Sigurdarson, British rallying's most familiar Icelandic visitor, who will run under the JRM banner in order to score points towards the coveted team's title. Daniel will be co-driven on this occasion by his younger sister Astor Sigurdittor.
The Bulldog International Rally of North Wales starts and finishes at the new livestock centre in Welshpool, the venue also hosting the service area for the event. Cars leave the start at 7.00 am on Saturday and head to the forests of Myherin and Sweet Lamb twice in the morning, with runs through Big Ray, Dyfi Main, Pantperthog and Gartheiniog in the afternoon, before the finish back in Welshpool at 4.30pm.