ROOKIE HOPEFUL TO MAKE HIS FULL RALLY DEBUT ON RED KITE
The 2015 Formula 1000 Rookie of the Year Tom Williams will make his adult rally debut in a Ford Fiesta R2 next month on the Red Kite Rally – providing he passes his driving test first.
Williams will be co-driven by Emma Morrison. The 17-year-old Oxfordshire art student finished sixth out of 23 Juniors in his first rally season last year in a Major Motorsport-run Nissan Micra.
Williams is now too old to return to the Junior category and is rushing to organise his road driving test before the Red Kite Rally begins on February 21.
Despite having only done the F1000 Tarmac events until now, he will concentrate on gravel rallies in 2016, fitting them in with school work.
The son of David Williams, who rallied a Nissan 240RS in national events with great success in the late 1980s and ’90s, Williams will test the M-sport built Fiesta in mid-wales, where family friend and Subaru Rally Team USA multiple American rally champion David Higgins will offer him tips and advice.
“The Red Kite will be my first rally on gravel so the aim is to learn, finish and not crash,” said Williams. “The plan is to concentrate on gravel events, starting with small ones and building up to larger events. We’re not going to do a championship in 2016; it’s all about learning to drive on gravel.”
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