Motorsport pundit and Sky Sport's presenter Tony Jardine will take part in the Rally GB this weekend 'inspired' by his wife who was seriously injured in a freak accident earlier this month.

Jardine pulled out of Rally Ireland a fortnight ago on the eve of the event when his wife, Jeanette, had to have her right arm amputated after being trapped under a lorry for an hour when she was caught up in the road accident as a pedestrian in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He rushed back to be at her bedside as a medical team fought to save her after the crash in which a car passenger died.

Since then the 53 year-old property developer has made a remarkable recovery, is learning to use her left arm and has adapted brilliantly to her changed circumstances.

Jardine was set to pull out of the Welsh event, in which he has driven for 15 years, but his wife has urged him to fly the flag in Wales while she has full family support from their children, her parents and Tony's mother Marjorie.

"I would, of course, have pulled out of the rally if Jeanette had asked but instead she has urged me to take part. She is an exceptional woman who is determined, very strong and fit and is dealing with her injuries superbly well," said Jardine.

"Jeanette has been an inspiration not only for those around her but for me also and although she will not be helping out on the rally as she has done, it is a fantastic boost to know that she is fully behind me in tackling another Wales GB Rally.

"It takes a huge amount of effort to put together a serious bid for the event. My results show how determined myself and the crew have been over the years, we have finished 12 of the 15 events, twice winning our class and taking the journalists award three times."

Jardine will pair up with renowned motorsport journalist and broadcaster Maurice Hamilton.

Hamilton will file stories for Radio 5 Live as well as the Observer as the duo take on the world's best rally drivers over the gruelling three-day 1271 kilometre event, including 17 special stages.

"There is no way we would be driving the rally but for Jeanette pushing us to carry on. She wants things to get back to normal as soon as possible and this is her way," added Hamilton.

Jardine will drive the same Castrol Ford Fiesta that he was to have used on Rally Ireland with co-driver Franca Davenport before the emergency dash back to the UK.

The team will be run by ProSpeed Motorsport using the latest forest rally tyres from Kumho.

Olly Marshall, team principal of ProSpeed spoke for many in the motorsport world when he said: "We were all saddened by Jeanette's shocking accident but so relieved to find that she is making such a superb recovery. We are all going to work very hard to achieve a good result on Wales Rally GB for her, she is a remarkable woman."


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