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Two months ago, Skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams MBE had never competed in motorsport. Now she’s a class-winning co-driver on one of the world’s toughest rallies, having assisted Sky Sports analyst Tony Jardine to his best ever result on Wales Rally GB (November 14-17) – the pair’s Kumho-shod ProSpeed Mitsubishi Evo was placed 1st in Class 3 and 26th overall. The team had a tough start to the event, with Williams missing the second day of the official recce due to illness and various niggling problems on the first day of competition. The duo began to gel on the second one, however, which they finished lying 2nd in class and a fighting 27th overall. Said Jardine: “By the time we got to the Sweet Lamb stage I was pushing harder, but had a couple of moments where I hit some rocks and thought it must result in at least a puncture, but the Kumho tyres were amazing and stood up to the abuse.” By the close of day three the Mitsubishi had been hustled up to 24th overall, causing Jardine to comment:

“The car has been excellent. ProSpeed has done a great job. Thanks once again to Kumho – lots of people had punctures, but we’ve had no issues with the tyres. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.”

In fact, the final day proved the most testing of their rally, during which they suffered a time penalty and turbo problems, and Amy had to shout her pace notes when the intercom temporarily failed. Apparently undaunted, they pushed on to achieve a memorable finish. Remarked an exhausted Williams; “I’m gobsmacked at how well we’ve done and loved every minute of the experience. It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I’d love the opportunity to do it again.” Commented Kumho’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson: “This is a very impressive result for an amateur team and we’re delighted for Tony, who’s been a great ambassador for Kumho tyres for some years now. Amy’s contribution was immense and we’d love to see her rallying again in the future. Needless to say we are also delighted at the part our tyres played in this notable class-winning performance.”

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