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Date 15/05/2006 Hits80,168

Category Motorsports

Podium finish for SJR Hankook on Pirelli International Rally

Podium finish for SJR Hankook on Pirelli International Rally

SJR Hankook is celebrating a successful debut in the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship with an impressive third place overall for rally legend Gwyndaf Evans and a top 10 result for team mate Stuart Jones.

The pair both set fastest stage times, wowing spectators with their pace on the 16 high speed forest tests.

The first round of the British Rally Championship took place in the classic Kielder forest complex on the Scottish borders with seven former British Rally Champions among the outstanding entry list for the two day event.

"It was an extremely tough rally with one of the strongest entries the BRC has ever seen," said Gwyndaf at the end of the Carlisle-based event.

"I'm delighted with such a great result - and to be setting some of the fastest times is very satisfying," said the 1996 British Rally Champion who is being co-driven this year by Huw Lewis.

"The stages were extremely quick and tricky, the Hankook tyres were excellent on the loose surface and the only time loss we had was a clutch problem which kept the technicians busy changing the gearbox at the start of the second day."

Team mate, Stuart Jones, co-driven by Craig Parry, also headed the stage times but a roll on the final forest stage cost the 21 year old valuable time dropping him from fourth to ninth overall.

"We were running comfortably within the top five but I ran wide, rolled the Evo and that cost us a few places," said Stuart.

Hankook Motorsport manager Mike Patterson said he was delighted with the debut of the team against such high profile and tough competition.

"To have our drivers setting fastest stages times is extremely encouraging so early in the season and the mix of youth and maturity is proving a great balance within the SJR Hankook team," said Mike.

"This weekend has given Hankook an excellent start in the championship and as an added bonus Gwyndaf now leads the Evo Challenge thanks to an outstanding performance from start to finish."

The BRC moves onto asphalt for the second round of the series with the Jim Clark Memorial Rally in July.

SJR Hankook is supported by JT Hughes Mitusbishi, PIAA, Custom Cages, Rallytech, Sparco, Castrol and Mick Jones Timber.   Stuart Jones is also supported by R&D Transmissions, Motordrive, DOLCO and Eagles Tyres.    Gwyndaf Evans is also supported by Romtec.



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