Welsh rally driver James Williams will be stepping into a new car for his home round of the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship this weekend and, ahead of the action, both will be making a special appearance at Sinclair Hyundai in Aberystwyth tomorrow afternoon (Friday 2nd September).
Rali Ceredigion will be a special occasion for James as he will not only be competing on home soil but also giving the latest Hyundai i20 Rally2 its UK debut on the Welsh closed road event.
Along with fellow countryman Dai Roberts in the navigator’s seat, the duo currently sit third in the British Rally Championship standings and are eyeing a big push in the round five event to bring them closer to the title protagonists.
So far this season, the 24-year-old has been campaigning the older specification i20 R5 car – producing some stellar performances including two podiums, with a season best of second on the Jim Clark Rally in May. Now, James and the Hyundai Power Products Rally Team have been tasked with giving the latest Rally2 four-wheel-drive machine from Hyundai Motorsport its first public outing on a UK event – a challenge the Newcastle Emlyn driver is relishing.
“I have been waiting for this round all season,” enthused James. “Your home event of a British championship is always something very special. The Rali Ceredigion team really have some big ambitions for the event and to see the quality of the stages and depth of the competition as a driver it’s quite exiting.
“We started the season really well with the podiums, but the last two events have been a bit trying! We have the latest car from Hyundai Motorsport at our disposal now and I am really fired up – I want to be fighting at the front on my home rally. It wouldn’t be possible this weekend without all of the team, in particular JDS Machinery and Valtra Tractors who have helped to make this exciting opportunity possible.
“It is an honour to be giving the latest Rally2 car from Hyundai its UK debut, I really hope to be stood alongside Dai and the car – spraying the champagne in Aberystwyth come Sunday!”
Ahead of the weekend’s action, James will be visiting Sinclair Hyundai with the new i20 Rally2. The Aberystwyth dealership, which has recently been acquired by the Sinclair Group, Wales’ largest motor retail group, is supplying several vehicles for Rali Ceredigion officials and VIP guests and providing use of its Parc y Llyn facility for scrutineering.
Rally fans are invited to visit Sinclair Hyundai on Friday afternoon, from 5:00pm to meet James and look over his newly-wrapped i20 Rally2 car before it takes to the stages.
Across the weekend, you can follow James’ progress and all the action from Rali Ceredigion through his social media channels, @jameswilliamsrally on Facebook and @jwrallying on Instagram and Twitter.