Per­fect mar­riage of driv­ing skills

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

GTI Rac­ing has added a third car to its team for 2016, with Bayswa­ter cou­ple Jur­gen and He­len Lun­smann tak­ing the reins.

It will be the first time the cou­ple has raced as co-driv­ers.

He­len has pre­vi­ously teamed up with Sharon Gun­son in the GTi Girls Mit­subishi Evo while Jur­gen raced with Sharon’s hus­band Si­mon Gun­son in a Ford Capri Per­ana A2.

This year, the Lun­smanns will race the Ford Capri Per­ana A2 in Targa events while Si­mon will com­pete in the new ad­di­tion replica of the Ford Capri Per­ana with Mor­ley res­i­dent Mur­ray Ar­menti.

He­len said she could not re­sist the op­por­tu­nity to sit next to her hus­band at a Targa event.

“Now he gets to prove how good he is at lis­ten­ing to me,” she said.

“At GTi Rac­ing we have al­ways said that ‘it’s the fam­ily that races to­gether, that stays to­gether’ and the team re­ally is one big fam­ily with nearly 30 vol­un­teers on ser­vice crew who come back year af­ter year for more of the fun.

“But we are tak­ing the fam­ily thing to a whole new level shar­ing a car this year.

“I just hope we are on speak­ing terms at the end of the rally sea­son.”

Jur­gen, an in­struc­tor at the RAC Driv­ing Cen­tre at Perth Air­port, said that dur­ing a rally the key was to give driv­ers the right in­for­ma­tion at ex­actly the right time.

He­len said they were ap­proach­ing the new sea­son with low ex­pec­ta­tions be­cause they were a rookie pair­ing.

“We both have too much re­spect for the sport, Targa ral­lies in par­tic­u­lar, the car and each other,” she said.

“And de­spite the years of ex­pe­ri­ence at club level rac­ing, call­ing Targa pace notes, and Jur­gen’s work as a per­for­mance driv­ing in­struc­tor, we won’t be tak­ing any­thing for granted… safety first.”

Lyn­ford Ford in Os­borne Park will spon­sor the A2 this sea­son.

“Si­mon has built and pre­pared a fan­tas­tic car. We hope we do him, the car and Lyn­ford jus­tice,” Jur­gen said.

Jur­gen and He­len Lun­smann with the Ford Capri A2.

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