GEMsport fields three drivers in Ulster Rally
Rising rally team GEMsport heads to Ireland this weekend with their sights firmly set on victory on both national and international stages.
19 year old Elfyn Evans currently leads the Fiesta SportingTrophy’s gravel championship in the UK and is bidding for success in the Irish asphalt series as he tackles the Ulster National Rally in the hustings.com Fiesta.
Meanwhile the team’s second driver Meilyr Evans is set to take part in the international section of the rally and team principal Gwyndaf Evans is also competing on the international stage having been recalled by the Mitsubishi works outfit which is bidding for the teams title in the British Rally Championship.
“It’s going to be an interesting event,’’ said Gwyndaf who is looking forward to being back in the driving seat with Mitsubishi. “Elfyn will once again be bidding for success in the Fiesta SportingTrophy and it’s going to be an interesting battle between him and Alastair Fisher who currently share the lead of the championship.’’
For Meilyr, the Ulster will provide the 18 year old with his first taste of international rallying. As he is mathematically unable to challenge for a win in the Fiesta SportingTrophy in Ireland the team has opted to give the youngster valuable international experience in his hustings.com Fiesta.
“This is going to be a steep learning curve for Meilyr to see how he performs on an event which is much longer than those he has been contesting so far,’’ said Gwyndaf. “Meilyr has demonstrated he has tremendous pace and it will be interesting to see how he can translate this into international competition.’’
Meanwhile team principal Gwyndaf will himself be back behind the wheel in Ulster as part of the Mitsubishi works team – a favourite event for the Welshman who was first in the BRC here in 2006.
“This is a really important weekend for the team and by bidding for success in the Fiesta SportingTrophy and competing on the international stage we are demonstrating how far the team has come in a relatively short space of time,’’ said Gwyndaf.
Action gets underway in both events on Friday August 23 with stages running late into the evening and resuming on the Saturday morning. In the Fiesta SportingTrophy Elfyn and co-driver Gareth Roberts face 85 testing miles of closed roads action with the international rally covering 135 miles of high speed action.