First asphalt encounter for JR Motorsports Rally Team This weekend sees another first for the JR Motorsports Rally Team, when they head across the border and into Scotland for the Jim Clark International Rally and the British Rally...
First asphalt encounter for JR Motorsports Rally Team
This weekend sees another first for the JR Motorsports Rally Team, when they head across the border and into Scotland for the Jim Clark International Rally and the British Rally Championship's inaugural asphalt event for their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Following an impressive third-place finish on round two, the Pirelli Rally, the team are confident that the development of the new car is headed in the right direction and aim to capitalise on the performance achieved last time out. Since then, driver David Bogie has tested the car on tarmac for the first time and was delighted with the outcome:
"Following the Pirelli Rally we knew that the car was getting close to being on the leading pace on gravel. Its turn-in and grip out of corners is excellent, so when the team changed the car to a tarmac set up, the handling was excellent right from the start and we only needed to make a few adjustments to get it 100%."
David continues: "With this being my first event for the team on anything other than gravel, it is difficult to tell how competitive we will be this weekend. But if the car goes as well as it felt during the test, then another podium finish could well be on the cards."
Currently leading the British Rally Championship Team's category, as Team JRM Lico, JR Motorsports will only field the one car this weekend and therefore will aim to grasp as many points as possible in order to keep their team's title hopes on track.
The Jim Clark Rally is still the only event of its kind on the UK mainland to utilise closed public roads. This year's event gets underway with a ceremonial start at 7.00 pm from Fountain Park in Edinburgh and features six stages that evening - including two through Duns town centre - before the overnight halt in Kelso.
Saturday sees a further 11 stages around the Berwickshire lanes and a repeat of the run through Duns, the combination of the two legs providing a total competitive distance of 146 miles.