Former Nissan and Proton works driver Geoff Jones will return to the top flight of British rallying when he contests the Jim Clark International Rally as part of the Revolution Wheels Rally Team this weekend.
Jones, who forged a name for himself with a number of giant killing performances at the wheel of a Nissan Micra kit car in the mid 1990's before driving for Proton in the British Championship, has concentrated on his highly successful rally preparation firm, Geoff Jones Motorsport, recently but will switch roles for this weekends high speed tarmac test.
Jones has not competed since last years Plains Rally where he finished third overall in a Ford Focus World Rally Car, but prior to that had been out of competition for nearly 18 months. Despite this, Jones is confident that he can 'shake off the cobwebs' and be competitive on the Duns' based event.
“I might not have done too many rallies recently but I do a lot of testing and setup work for my customers anyway and so am confident that it won't take long to get up to speed,” he said. “I have to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in getting me out on the Jim Clark this weekend, not least of all Warren who has pulled out all the stops to make this happen.
Team principal Warren McKiernan is understandably pleased about having Geoff in the car.
“No-one knows a Subaru as well as Geoff does, and I am confident that he will be near the pace from the word go,” he said. “The Jim Clark is a tricky rally and we're not expecting him to go out and win the event, but some team points has to be the target!”
The Revolution Wheels Rally Team will run two cars for the Jim Clark International Rally this weekend. Whilst Geoff Jones replaces the absent Rob Swann, who is away competing in Barbados, the second car will once again be piloted by local driver Euan Thorburn.
by Geoff Mayes