Team Hardy Rallying get their 2001 campaign underway starting with the Malcolm Wilson Rally in Cumbria on March 3rd. Shaun Hardy (31yrs, Denbigh) is a driver/technician from North Wales and is confident that his freshly rebuilt Talbot Sunbeam...
Team Hardy Rallying get their 2001 campaign underway starting with the Malcolm Wilson Rally in Cumbria on March 3rd.
Shaun Hardy (31yrs, Denbigh) is a driver/technician from North Wales and is confident that his freshly rebuilt Talbot Sunbeam Ti can be up with the best of class B10 in the BTRDA series this year. The John Hardman tuned engine, mated to the latest Quaife Pro series transmission, should allow for a hard fought championship challenge as the year progresses.
Shaun is partnered by rally journalist Jamie Edwards (25yrs/ Wrexham), well known for his work on the www.britishrally.co.uk website. Jamie has signed up for the full season, and has prior co-driving experience from road rallying, so the new experience is one he's relishing:
"We're disappointed that we had to miss the Wyedean Rally as we were waiting for new transmission parts to arrive. Even if we had pootled round to the finish, we would have been 3rd or 4th in class as not many people who finished were BTRDA registered. We're looking for a good steady run in the Lake District, and I'm confident that we'll be on the pace from the Red Dragon Rally onwards".
In a new twist for the fledgling team, their exploits are being tracked on the britishrally.co.uk website, and a number of well known rally companies have helped the team so far. The diary feature, titled "The Hot Seat" is going to be a complete insight into the highs and lows of a championship season, where associated trade partners will be invited to publically give the team advice through the website, making for interesting reading to competitors and fans alike.
The whole concept of the idea is to encourage people into the sport, be it marshalling, spectating, or more importantly, supporting rallies by competing in them. More details can be found at www.britishrally.co.uk
The team's own website, www.teamhardy.com is set to be launched in the week leading up to the first rally.