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Jones after good run on Ulster.

by Geoff Mayes


Stuart Jones is looking forward to returning to Ireland for the Todds Leap Ulster International Rally this weekend as the Lico Wheels-backed driver went well on his last visit to the event in 2006.

Jones was in his first year in the British Rally Championship then and took a splendid podium position and was never far off the pace of the eventual winner.

Fast forward twelve months and the Welshman put in a very strong drive on last years inaugural WRC Rally Ireland before being hampered by gearbox problems.

Jones, who is co-driven by Andy Bull, now returns to Armagh with the exciting new MG Super 2000 Sport and, judging by his early season pace, the nimble MSD-run screamer should be in contention from the word go.

"I've always enjoyed the Irish tarmac. I'm not sure why it suits my driving style but I am really hoping we have a good run this weekend," said Jones. "We need to get our championship back on track."

A tight budget for 2008 has precluded any major testing opportunities but despite this Jones is confident of a good run this weekend and he will be keen to add to his 31-point tally after failing to finish on the Manx last month.

"The good thing is that the team have a fair bit of tarmac experience as Roy White has been competing in the Irish Championship all year in the sister car," Jones added, "and so we at least have a good base set up to start the two-day event with."


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