Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson is to make her rally debut after being lured onto the stages by colleague Tony Jardine.

Thompson, who has been a presenter on Sky Sports News for some seven years and also acts as presenter for Skys coverage of A1GP, will line-up alongside Jardine on the Woodpecker Rally at the end of the month as she takes on the role of co-driver in the Prospeed Motorsport-run Ford Fiesta ST150.

"I have been trying for years to persuade Georgie to take part in a rally with me," Jardine said. "She has finally, nervously agreed to do it. Instead of talking to the camera she is going to be darting in front of it from inside a rally car at speeds of over 100mph. I hope by the end of our time together I will have converted yet another journalist to the fabulous sport that is rallying. If not, she will certainly have been taught how to be a competent co-driver by the time I have finished with her."

Thompson herself admitted she was nervous going into the event but admitted she had to do well to avoid losing out on bragging rights in the studio.

"Obviously I am nervous going into this as I have no idea what to expect," she said. "I have only ever presented motorsport and seen it on TV. This is going to be a completely different experience for me. Tony has been asking me for some time now and this time round I thought why not?

"It has been something I have always wanted to do but never had the courage to go through with. The aspect that is really appealing to me is that I will now be able to see first hand the skills needed to compete at such a high level. There is no doubt that I have to do well on this event, or I will never hear the end of it from Tony."