JRM aims to get Cave back on track for the Pirelli Rally

By on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

JRM aims to get Cave back on track for the Pirelli Rally

The JRM Rally Team and driver Tom Cave are eager to get back to their more familiar position at the front of the field on this weekend’s Pirelli Rally, following a non-finish in round two of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, the Bulldog Rally of North Wales, which took place earlier this month.

The third round of the UK’s premier rally series will see teams converge on Carlisle, before heading into Kielder Forest to contest the event’s 10 special stages. Although having a reputation for its fast and demanding terrain that punishes just the slightest of mistakes, the JRM team are confident they have the car and crew for the Northumberland gravel roads.

Its success over the past two years has proved that the JRM Mitsubishi Evolution X performs well on exactly the type of stages that have become the hallmark of the Pirelli Rally, with the pace and stability of the car likely to prove a distinct advantage. Cave from Aberdovey and his co-driver Craig Parry from Llanymynech, are also capable competitors over this character of terrain, where skill and bravery are the order of the day.

Following the off-road excursion on their home event in March, the Welsh pair have not stood still and recently took Group N class victory on the Somerset Stages Rally. The win confirmed they had lost none of their former pace, which previously saw them finish second overall on the opening round of the British Rally Championship in February, when driving the JRM Mitsubishi.

Cave will get himself re-acquainted with the car this week when he tests the Evo X in Kershope Forest, not far from where the Pirelli Rally takes place. And, to ensure he hits the ground running, the 19-year old has enlisted the help of two-times event winner and double British Rally Champion Guy Wilks to provide him with the benefit of his experience.

The Pirelli Rally starts on Friday evening from Carlisle Racecourse and heads to Kielder Forest for two runs through the seven-mile Newcastleton stage. Following the overnight halt, crews tackle another eight stages on Saturday before returning to the Racecourse for the finish, after covering a total of 93.33 competitive miles.

Team Quotes

Tom Cave

“I think that the key to success on this event will be a good recce and a good set of pace notes. We will then have an idea of where we will be able to push. The stages are fairly long, so if I have the feeling and confidence in the car, then I’ll attack. However, only two scores from the season’s seven rounds can be dropped, so it’s important to get a result on this event.”

John Barnes - Team Manager

“I’m confident that our car will go well in Kielder Forest. We won the Pirelli Rally last year, so we know it has the pace over the type of roads that are found in this part of the country. Plus I’m sure that, once Tom’s driven it again on the test, he will be back on form very quickly. The team is extremely focussed on giving him the best tool for the job and making sure we do all we can to put his title hopes back on track.”

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