SJR Hankook Rally Team Gears up for Rally Action
A successful tyre and chassis test has given the SJR Hankook rally team a major boost ahead of a hectic fortnight for the team. Drivers Gwyndaf Evans and Stuart Jones put the team’s Mitsubishi Evos through their paces in Wales as final preparations get underway for a series of events.
On Sunday 19 March the team will be at Mallory Park in Leicestershire for BRC Live – the official launch of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship. As soon as the event closes the team heads directly to Spain where young hot shot Stuart Jones and co-driver Craig Parry, will be competing in the Rallye Catalunya – the Spanish round of the World Rally Championship.
For Stuart, a member of the MSA British Rally Elite scheme to promote young drivers, this will be his first opportunity to compete in an overseas round of the World Rally Championship.
“We have an extremely busy schedule at the moment and a successful test has really buoyed the team,’” said Hankook motorsport manger Mike Patterson.
“The priority is to have everything in place for the start of the BRC season in May and that has meant extensive testing and the opportunity for both drivers to get as much time behind the wheel as possible,” said Mike.
Testing work on the chassis and tyres has so far focused on the best set up for the gravel rounds of the BRC with Hankook engineers from Korea and Germany flying in to work with the drivers to develop the most appropriate tyres for the different gravel rounds.