ROOKIE HOPE­FUL TO MAKE HIS FULL RALLY DE­BUT ON RED KITE

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Paul Evans

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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