The first round of the Junior Rally Championship is now just days away and the teams are making their final preparations to their cars. The 2017 season is set to be one of the most competitive in the clubs history with a mixture of experiences drivers and promising new rookies. There is a capacity entry for the first event with some drivers unfortunately having to wait in reserve to get their place in the rally.
The top seeds for round 1 are naturally those favorite for the 2017 title. Last seasons challengers Ewan Tindall, Tom Llewellin, Tom Rawlings, Alex Holliday and James Hall will all be looking for a strong start to kick off their campaign. However, Tom Llewellin will be competing in both the Junior Rally and Junior Rally Cross championships in 2017 and will be absent from the first rally due to a clash with Rally Cross and not being able to drop scores in that championship. His rivals will be looking to put pressure on the young Welshman from while he’s not competing.
Joining the English championship for the first time is Northern Irishman Sam Adams who has been seeded 2nd for the first round. Sam has already made an excellent start to the season winning both Junior rallys he entered in the Irish championship.
The first round will also see two very exciting cars start the first stage with Eddie Lewis new Fiesta and Jack Hartleys freshly built, stunning Mini Cooper. Eddie will be the first driver to enter the current Fiesta in the Junior Rally in a car he’s planning to use for many seasons to come. All eye’s will be on the pace of the car and how Eddie can peddle it at Anglesey. Jack Hartley’s Mini Cooper offers an interesting technical advantage with the team having the chance to tune the twin carburetors on the 998cc A-Series engine, whilst the newer cars have a locked ECU. The Mini has a distinguished rally pedigree, but will it be able to cut it against the newer car designs and engine power?
There are also a huge number of talented drivers who competed last season who would also push for the trophy glory. Riley Banks had a good learning year last season and with a new car on the way is looking to unleash more speed and show the form that won him dozens of karting trophies. Lwi Price Edwards has been busy over the winter improving his car control by entering Autotests and he showed off how much he’d moved on in the recent test day at Rally Rides.
George Sheard, Dan Curwen and Steven Jones will all be looking to continue their form from last season and start to challenge at he top of the leaderboard and show the many rookies starting at Anglesey how its done. heading the charge of the Rookie Cup drivers is Ioan Lloyd who showed fantastic pace in the few rallies he entered in 2016 and is now set for a full season in his Micra.
The rookie drivers starting their first rally are Adam Dalton, Robert Wilson, Billy Grew and Robert Cotton. The test day last weekend gave the drivers an excellent opportunity to drive on a typical rally stage and grow their confidence ahead of the green light on 19th March.
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