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 (3/4 September). Rali Ceredigion will be a special occasion for the homegrown hero, as he will also be giving the latest Hyundai i20 Rally2 its UK debut on the Welsh closed road event.
Williams along with fellow countryman Dai Roberts in the navigators seat, currently sit third in the British Rally Championship standings and are eyeing a big push on home soil to bring them closer to the title protagonists. James from Newcastle Emlyn has been itching to get to round five of the series – where he can finally compete in front of his home supporters.
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 back 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 British driver is relishing.
“I have been waiting for this round all season,” enthused Williams. “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 he giving the latest Rally2 car from Hyundai it’s UK debut, I really hope to be stood alongside Dai and the car – spraying the champagne in Aberystwyth come Sunday!”
Follow James’ progress through his social media channels, @jameswilliamsrally on Facebook and @jwrallying on Instagram and Twitter – where you will be able to follow all the action from Rali Ceredigion – the fifth round of the British Rally Championship.
James would like to thank his team of loyal partners: Hyundai Power Products, Rally Cover, Performance 1st Coaching, West Wales Lubricants, Palletline, Craftric Technology, Speedline Corse UK, Hide Away Wales, West Coast Finance, Ceir Castle Motors, VP Racing Fuels, Michelin and the Gareth Roberts Memorial Fund. If you would like to become a partner, get in touch with the team today – firstname.lastname@example.org.