UK: Kevin Davies Red Dragon Forestry preview

Red Dragon Davies is ready to rock Welsh youngster Kevin Davies is looking forward to next weekend's Red Dragon Forestry Rally, as the 20 year old West Walian contests his 'home' rally of the Silkolene 1400 Rally Championship season. The...

Red Dragon Davies is ready to rock

Welsh youngster Kevin Davies is looking forward to next weekend's Red Dragon Forestry Rally, as the 20 year old West Walian contests his 'home' rally of the Silkolene 1400 Rally Championship season. The forests of the South Wales valleys are the closest that the highly competitive Welshman will get to having a local rally this year, and Davies is determined to do well on home soil after an excellent start to 2005.

As the championship reaches its midway point, Davies looks in a strong position behind the wheel of his EXL Windows backed Nissan Micra Kit Car. Of the three rounds that Llanfihangel-ar-Arth based Kevin and his Llandysul co-driver Emyr Jones have started - they have won all three. Davies scoring maximum points each time in the Geoff Jones Motorsport run Nissan.

The KJ's Eden Tours backed duo elected to miss the recent Somerset Stages in favour of an attempt at the Panaround Rally in Dolgellau, where they finished third in their class in an MG ZR. With more experience under his belt as a result of that event, and having tested the Micra in South Wales recently, Davies is now determined to press on with his Silkolene 1400 Championship plans this year.

'We've built up a strong position for ourselves in the A5 Class' said Kevin ahead of the Port Talbot based event. 'We need to really push on and continue our progress from earlier in the season, where we took a steady approach that paid dividends. Now the task is similar - but expectation is on us to keep performing, especially as we are featuring in the Top 10 of the 1400 section regularly. People will look to us to set the pace in the A5 class from now on, so we've got to keep that momentum going in our favour'.

Davies will certainly be a tough rival for any other A5 class rival looking to take the challenge to him. The young Welshman's consistent form and strong pace has been regularly praised in the motorsport media this season, and Davies was tipped as a possible candidate for the recently announced MSA British Rally Elite Scheme by Motorsport News. Despite the justly deserved praise, Kevin only has one plan for next weekend -

'The main thing is to keep enjoying the driving, keep learning, and get the most out of the car. People forget that I have only contested five rallies in the last year, so I'm really not feeling any pressure. I've got a great team of people around me, and we're all working towards the Class A5 title in the 1400 series this year. Its a goal for me and the whole team, and I really want to make it happen this year. We will be trying very hard to achieve that goal over the next couple of rounds'.

The Red Dragon Forestry Rally uses 45 miles of stages in the world famous South Wales forests - better known for their inclusion on Wales Rally GB - Britain's round of the FIA World Rally Championship. It will be Davies's first time in the forests, despite them being less than an hour away from his home in West Wales.

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