Former F1 driver Mark Blundell ready to take on rally challenge. Royston, Herts. October 16th--/Mark Blundell, former Formula 1 racing driver, heads for mid Wales this weekend to take part in the Bulldog Rally in preparation for his planned...
Former F1 driver Mark Blundell ready to take on rally challenge.
Royston, Herts. October 16th--/Mark Blundell, former Formula 1 racing driver, heads for mid Wales this weekend to take part in the Bulldog Rally in preparation for his planned debut in the Network Q Rally of Great Britain next month. Blundell, driving the MG ZR, will have his first taste of a Special Stage Rally, as he takes to the Welsh hills on Saturday, with motorsport journalist, Bob McKenzie, alongside as his co-driver.
The Bulldog Rally marks Blundell's return to competitive racing in Britain, with this being the first event that he has entered since the 1995 British Grand Prix at Silverstone when driving for the McLaren F1 team. Blundell, Sporting Ambassador for MG Sport & Racing, will be representing this famous British marque in the MG ZR and is looking forward to putting his car through its paces for his first rally. He says," I know this is going to be a tough challenge, but with MG's great car, I'm sure we can put in a strong performance. I've only had a quick shakedown in the MG, so it's all still very new to me; I just hope I can learn quickly. There's also another new angle to this challenge. I'm used to driving on my own, so it's going to be a big change for me, not only to have someone sat beside me, but also to have instructions given to me!"
"It's great to be back racing competitively in Britain after five years based in the USA," adds Blundell. "especially as my last race here was fairly memorable. At the '95 F1 British GP I finished fifth, crossing the line on three wheels after an incident with Barrichello. I just hope I'll be crossing the line on four wheels this time!"
Blundell and McKenzie are competing in the Bulldog Rally and the Tempest Rally prior to the Network Q Rally of Great Britain which takes place in Wales from 14 -- 17 November. Blundell successfully competed in Formula One for five years before moving to the US based CART Series. For the last two years he has been resident driver expert for the ITV F1 commentary team and has piloted the MG Lola EX257 for MG Sport & Racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours race.