Cornwell sticks with Evans for Pirelli Carlisle
British Junior Rally Championship driver Josh Cornwell will continue with Melvyn Evans Motorsport in a Ford Fiesta R2T for the Pirelli Carlisle, after switching from his own MH Motorsport-run R2.
Cornwell discovered after the Mid Wales Stages that his fourthplaced finish had come with an ailing engine that was down on power in his older-spec Fiesta.
The Junior driver – from Newdigate in Surrey – did not have time to repair the car in time for Carlisle and instead has switched to Melvyn Evans’ spare machine driven by Amittrajit Ghosh in Mid Wales.
“We joined Melvyn Evans for the Circuit of Ireland because, after Mid Wales, we got the car dyno’d and it turned out to be 150 horsepower at the flywheel, so we decided we had a decent result there considering,” said Cornwell.
“We went to Melvyn Evans because we couldn’t get an engine rebuild in time, so the R2T was the only route we could go and know that we’d be competitive. We would have had no chance with our current car.”
The 18-year-old was third junior on his first visit to the Circuit and looked like the only challenger to the Vauxhall Motorsport team, before the turbo failed: “Me and [co-driver] Dai Roberts were both really happy with our performances in the first two stages, being the first car behind the Vauxhalls, especially the first time being in the car.”