18 November 2013
Wales Rally GB: Best ever GB result for Jardine
Tony Jardine and Amy Williams complete Wales Rally GB challenge
Sky Sports News F1 analyst Tony Jardine notched up his best ever result on Wales Rally GB last weekend, the 2013 WRC season finale.
Jardine was teamed with Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams MBE, having asked her to act as his co-driver just two months ago.
In that short time they had to complete four national rallies in order for her to gain her international navigators licence required to compete in Wales and their aim was simply to complete the only British round of the WRC.
However, the pair ended up exceeding their expectations finishing 26th overall and first in class 3 in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, despite a turbulent final day, and despite the fact Amy was unable to complete the recce earlier in the week due to illness.
¡°Today was the hardest day of the whole rally,¡± said Jardine. ¡°We were late coming out of service this morning and I nearly switched the car into safe mode during the first stage as we had several warning lights come on, the car was on half power and I was worried about putting stress on the engine. I turned the anti-lag off and after a few kilometres I got some power back so by the end of the stage it was working alright but without the anti-lag, then finally on the second stage it kicked back in.
¡°We suffered event timing issues during the day, stage direction issues and I made a few errors on stage. Then at the end of Kinmel we got a puncture. We changed it in about three and a half minutes and drove like crazy to get to the Great Orme which was a really good stage, a Welsh classic.
¡°I am absolutely fatigued now, I¡¯ve hardly slept all event because I¡¯ve been wired, it¡¯s such a big event with so much pressure. Amy has been fantastic, we¡¯ve gelled really well. Her note calling, in fact everything she¡¯s done has been brilliant. During all the stress of today, Amy was the one being totally positive, a true sporting star. I am privileged to have driven with her and today I achieved my best ever Rally GB result. I am stoked.¡±
Amy meanwhile was equally pleased to have gone from rally novice to fully fledged WRC competitor within such an incredibly short period.
¡°It was a tough day to finish on,¡± she added. ¡°[Overall though] I loved it, it was really enjoyable but I feel like everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong today. We had technical issues before we even left this morning so we were late into the first time control which was pretty upsetting. Our intercom went wrong, the anti-lag didn¡¯t work, we had red lights flashing, a puncture and we got stuck behind a police car for ages. But I just laughed it off, I managed to keep really calm throughout all of it and we kept pushing.
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