James Wil­son steps up to Ju­nior BRC

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

County Ar­magh driver James Wil­son will step up to the Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this sea­son.

Wil­son says the move is a log­i­cal step af­ter clinch­ing the R2 ti­tle on the Cork ‘20’ In­ter­na­tional in last year’s Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship. In readi­ness for the open­ing round in Scot­land, Wil­son will tackle next month’s Car­rick For­est Rally.

To date, the 23-year-old has lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence of gravel events. “I have done only two for­est events so far,” he told

Mo­tor­sport News. “The plan is to learn about the Peu­geot 208, and how it han­dles. When I won the Ju­nior Sec­tion of the North­ern Ire­land Cham­pi­onship in 2016 I did two gravel ral­lies in a 106 and we were quick. Hope­fully it won’t take me long to get com­fort­able in the 208.

“The Car­rick For­est Rally is all about get­ting some miles in the car – the re­sult isn’t im­por­tant to me.”

As the first two events of the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship are gravel-based, Wil­son says he doesn’t have any ex­pec­ta­tions.

“It will be a big learn­ing curve for me,” said the en­gi­neer. “In the sec­ond half of the sea­son when there are more Tar­mac ral­lies we can maybe think about push­ing for podi­ums.”

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