COOKSON CONFIDENT FOR JIM CLARK DEBUT Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells head into next weekend's Jim Clark International Rally in confident mood hoping for another good finish on round three of...
COOKSON CONFIDENT FOR JIM CLARK DEBUT
Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells head into next weekend's Jim Clark International Rally in confident mood hoping for another good finish on round three of the 2010 Dulux Trade British Rally Championship.
After a solid top ten placing on last month's Pirelli International Rally, Cookson and Wilkinson revert to the asphalt stages in their Wiseman Dairies, Spar, Kick Energy and Speedline Wheels-sponsored Subaru Impreza N15 and having never competed on the closed public roads event before and not even having driven the TEG Sport-prepared car on tarmac as yet, the team from the south of England feel the car will be well suited to the fast roads around the Duns and Kelso areas.
Alan said "The TEG Sport team that run our 'cow liveried' car have got some good settings for the suspension and differentials after their recent test on the Isle of Man that we can dial into our car which should work from the off when we kick off in Duns town centre next week. Despite not having driven the car on tarmac at all since purchasing it last year, Julian and I feel we can capitalise on TEG Sport's experience on this rally and push on to try and get our second top ten result of 2010."
Cookson continued: "Our favourite event over the last few years has been the Manx National Rally, the only tarmac rally in the calendar for us, so getting the chance to do three events on the black stuff this year, kicking off with the Jim Clark is one of the big reasons we wanted to contest the Dulux Trade British Rally Championship in 2010."
Co driver Wilkinson added: "We are really looking forward to making our own pace notes again after we certainly went better in the latter parts of the Pirelli International Rally when we opted to use them to try and get ourselves into the top ten by the finish which certainly paid dividends as we managed to haul ourselves up to 8th overall by the end of the day. Over the last few weeks we have even been out in our road car together making notes, just to try and improve our style of notes, as we feel getting the notes right on tarmac events is critical to getting us that top ten finish we are aiming for."
The 40th running of the Jim Clark Rally sees a continuation of the successful Friday evening start with the first stage through the town's streets. Nearly 130 fantastic asphalt stage miles face the crews, 90 of which take place on Saturday, but the major topic of conversation in the run up to and during the event will be the weather.
-source: Alan Cookson