JRM confirmed this week that it will contest the second round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, the Pirelli International Rally, with Gwyndaf Evans and co-driver Chris Patterson competing in the team's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Having entered last month's opening round, the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales, as a showcase event to promote its latest development Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, the JRM team came away disappointed following a gearbox issue which saw the car retire after the second stage.
“We have carried out a great deal of development with the Evo X over the past few months and, following an outright win in Finland in February, we know that it's one of the most competitive R4 Class cars out there”, said JRM operations manager John Barnes. “We know that it is capable of winning a round of the BRC and therefore we are delighted to get another chance to prove it this weekend.”
Since the Bulldog Rally, the car has been re-prepared and put through its paces during a successful test in Hamsterly Forest, where Evans came away extremely happy with its performance.
“I still can't believe that we had such bad luck last time out. I am therefore very pleased to have another opportunity to drive for the team,” said Evans. “As I've said before, the JRM Evo X is the best Group N car I've ever driven, so if everything goes well, I'm confident we can get a top result and maybe even give the car its first win in the UK.”
Icelandic brother and sister Daniel Sigurdarson and Asta Sigurdardottir meanwhile are scheduled to join JRM for the Pirelli Rally, but the recent volcanic eruption in their home country and the consequent closure of airspace may mean they cannot make it.