Dou­ble Bri­tish champ Jones re­turns

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

The last Bri­tish driver to win his home round of a top-flight in­ter­na­tional ral­ly­cross cham­pi­onship, Nick Jones, will make his re­turn to the sport with his de­but in the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in Argentina next week.

Jones, who won the Group N cat­e­gory of the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in 1994 at Croft in a Ford Es­cort Cos­worth, will race a JRM Rac­ing Mini RX at the Rosario-based event.

The Bri­tish team has fielded a Mini RX this sea­son for Bri­tish driv­ers Liam Do­ran and Guy Wilks, and French­man Guer­lain Chicherit. While de­vel­op­ing a new two-litre engine, the squad made its sec­ond ever World RX fi­nal ap­pear­ance at Hock­en­heim in May, while Wilks set top-six times in Latvia last month.

Jones, who has worked for the JRM squad as a tech­ni­cian for the last two sea­sons, said: “I haven’t driven a com­pe­ti­tion car prop­erly since 2008, and my last ral­ly­cross race was in 2000, but hope­fully I can get into it quickly in Argentina. If I can set com­pa­ra­ble lap times to where Guer­lain has been against the oth­ers, I’ll be happy with that.”

Jones twice won the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Group N ti­tle in 1993 (Ford Sierra Cos­worth) and 1994 (Es­cort Cos­worth), and com­peted in the pop­u­lar Vaux­hall Nova Chal­lenge series.

“The Mini is a re­ally good car, ev­ery driver who has been in it says how good the chas­sis is, and ev­ery mem­ber of the JRM team has worked tire­lessly this sea­son to de­velop and move for­ward, es­pe­cially with the two-litre engine. My goal for Argentina is to do the job JRM ask me to do.”

Jones was a win­ner in his Ford Es­cort Cos­worth

He’ll now han­dle a Mini

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