Winter Olympic Gold medallist Amy Williams MBE has successfully completed her second Wales Rally GB as co-driver to Sky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine. The privateer pair survived a last stage scare to finish a very creditable 39th overall among the world’s top rally teams.
Campaigning the same Kumho-shod Mitsubishi Evo IX that they enjoyed a class win on the 2013 event, the duo quickly gelled once more to survive unscathed on what is recognised as one of the most gruelling events on the WRC calendar. Not everything always go to plan, however!
“In the very last stage we slid wide at a hairpin and feared we’d damaged the intercooler. However, the ProSpeed team had prepared the car to perfection and this just confirmed what a tough car they’ve built.” Commenting on the K71 compound Kumho R800 pattern rally tyres used throughout the rally he added: “We owe a massive thank you to Kumho for once again providing us with state of the art tyre technology.” Tony Jardine.
“Thanks to professional tuition I was better prepared for my co-driving duties than last time, though still a little apprehensive, as it’s completely different once you are out on the tough gravel stages; it was also a tougher event than the 2013 one. Overall it’s been a huge success for me.” Amy Williams, MBE.
The final day began with the team putting on a new set of our tyres in the anticipation of some difficult stage conditions that will lay ahead. After a brief road section the pair then tackled the final 50km of the competitive stages in the Welsh forests.
With renewed enthusiasm and a desire to make up time lost after yesterday’s midstage tyre change, the pair battled through the classic Clocaenog stage making the most of their high-grip tyres. Stage-by-stage, Tony and Amy reeled in the competition snatching 39th overall and leapfrogging their way to 20th in class.
“Our relationship with Tony goes back many years now, and he’s again proved what a safe pair of hands he is by achieving yet another commendable finish on a rally that regularly defeats even the best of professional drivers.” Steve Thompson, Kumho Motorsports.