Jones wowed by po­ten­tial of the JRM Mini RX

Motor Sport News - - World Rallycross: Argentina -

For­mer rallycross cham­pion Nick Jones was im­pressed by the per­for­mance of JRM Rac­ing’s Mini RX on his FIA World Rallycross Cham­pi­onship de­but in Ar­gentina, de­spite re­tir­ing from the event in Q1 with a tech­ni­cal prob­lem.

Jones, who last com­peted reg­u­larly 16 years ago, re­turned to the driv­ing seat for his World RX de­but with­out a pre-event test, but got to grips with the car quickly in prac­tice on Satur­day morn­ing, in change­able con­di­tions.

“From the first prac­tice the car was so much eas­ier to drive than I was ex­pect­ing,” said Jones, who be­lieves that with the steps JRM are cur­rently tak­ing to de­velop the Mini RX, it can make sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance gains for next sea­son.

“Now that I’ve driven the car, I think it has a lot of po­ten­tial,” added Jones. “In the dry it was fan­tas­tic, it was a dif­fer­ent story in the wet but we know what we need to do to cure that and hope­fully in the win­ter we can do that and be ready for next year.

“I must say a mas­sive thank you to the JRM team for the op­por­tu­nity – I never dreamed I would drive a rallycross Su­per­car in a World Cham­pi­onship event.

“I fluffed the start in Q1. It was re­ally wet but there was more grip than there had been in prac­tice so it bogged down.

“I still man­aged to catch an­other car be­fore the first cor­ner, then we had an is­sue.

“If we kept driv­ing it would have done a lot of dam­age.

“The level in the World Rallycross Cham­pi­onship is un­be­liev­able. It’s gone up a mas­sive step in the last few years.”

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