'Welshman Reynolds hits the Oregon Trail.' The Team Dynamics Pro Rally USA team continues to keep to its commitment of giving promising rally drivers international experience with the announcement that Welshman Julian Reynolds will pilot a Team...
'Welshman Reynolds hits the Oregon Trail.'
The Team Dynamics Pro Rally USA team continues to keep to its commitment of giving promising rally drivers international experience with the announcement that Welshman Julian Reynolds will pilot a Team Dynamics supported Subaru Impreza WRX on the Oregon Trail Rally next weekend, July 12/13.
Hailing from Narberth in West Wales, Reynolds is a highly talented performer who has grown up in the same rally generation as the Higgins brothers, Jonny Milner, and Justin Dale amongst others. Afflicted by terrible bad luck at times in the past, Julian re-emerged in 2002 with a Group A Subaru Impreza 555 and produced a series of eye catching drives in the UK, culminating in a fine maiden national win on the Bulldog Rally, against very stiff World Rally Car opposition.
Reynolds opportunity to shine in the fast growing SCCA Pro Rally Championship comes as Team Dynamics other leading driver, Jonny Milner, looks set to concentrate on his British Rally Championship campaign for the rest of 2003. With the USA and UK events close together and twice clashing, the Pirelli British Rally Champion will now concentrate on trying to secure both his and Team Dynamic's second consecutive UK title.
Using the latest range of heat treated aluminium motorsport wheels for both gravel and tarmac, Milner's first outing on the new tarmac wheels yielded a fine second overall and maximum championship points last weekend. Milner was forced to drive seven miles on a puncture at one point, with the wheel and rim staying intact for the whole of the stage, clearly demonstrating the strength of the new range of wheels.
Reynolds however, is delighted to be heading west to America for his first taste of rallying 'across the pond'. Julian will drive a rented Prodrive built Subaru Impreza WRX in full Group N specification, and will be co-driven by Duncan McMath. The small privately run team, backed by Team Dynamics, Pirelli, NGK and Ferodo will be making their debut on the Oregon based event with Julian as a driver. For the Welshman, it will be his first ever rally in the United States, and also his first ever visit to the country. Despite the lack of experience of rallying American style, Reynolds is well briefed on what to expect:
"I've spoken to Jonny and some of the other drivers I know who are competing in the USA, and I've heard nothing but praise. I've heard that the stages are fantastic, and that the events and the SCCA Pro Rally people are really trying hard to raise the profile of the sport over there. There are a lot of positive noises coming from people directly involved with the series so of course its very exciting for me to go there and be involved, thanks to the support of Duncan and Team Dynamics' latest range of motorsport wheels.
Its also my first ever visit to the United States, so of course I'm really looking forward to that as well. I'm going with an open mind regarding the rallying and the stages, but its very cost effective to rally in the USA and the level of competition, particularly in Group N, will be substantial. I know Jonny has certainly enjoyed the stages and the atmosphere at events in the USA, so lets hope that it will be the same for Duncan and myself in Oregon this weekend."
Reynolds and McMath have worked together previously on rallying projects. When Milner was running a Group N Toyota Celica GT-4 in the British Rally Championship, Reynolds drove the team's sister car on a number of events. Unfortunately, the McMath masterminded project was a not a great success for Reynolds with the car letting him down on occasions. Reynolds then contested a selected range of World Rally Championship events, including New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Australia in a privately funded Mitsubishi before purchasing the Group A Subaru for a variety of events within the UK.