Corn­well sticks with Evans for Pirelli Carlisle

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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.”

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