The Michelin MG team of Tony Jardine and Kevin Eason completed their preparations for the Wales Rally GB this weekend with a solid second in class and a top-thirty finish in the final round of the British Rally Championship, the Tempest Rally.

The thrilling 14-stage event tested the Michelin shod MG ZR to the limit, traversing the military lands around the Surrey Garrison town and the media pairing were faced with some of the most punishing terrain encountered thus far in their campaign.

Driver Jardine is familiar to millions as ITV's Formula One studio expert. "We said beforehand that this was going to be a tough rally and the car has taken an absolute hammering over terrain that went from gravel, to tarmac and then on to slimy broken tarmac," explained the top F1 pundit. "The penultimate stage, Pavilion, was particularly arduous - so much so that we bent the rear sub-frame. Damage aside, this really has been a fantastic event for us - congratulations to the organisers for finding so many challenging stages."

Kevin Eason, who is set to co-drive in his second Rally GB with Jardine in less than two weeks time, was relieved the pair made it back safely. "It was very, very bumpy out there, especially towards the end, and we knew straight away that there was going to be some damage to the MG," Keven explained. "It could have been a lot worse, but with only 10 days to rebuild the car for the Wales Rally GB, the crew could have done without having any major repairs to deal with!"

The Aldershot event marks the halfway point in a hectic month for the MG Sport and Racing prepared outfit. With both the Bulldog and the Tempest events safely behind them, the crew now have only a week before heading to Cardiff to begin the reconnaissance for the Wales Rally GB.

As the second half of a two-car showroom class entry for the Longbridge manufacturer, the pair will back up former British Rally Champion Gwyndaf Evans and his co-driver Clare Mole in the production class of the final round of the World Rally Championship.



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