Stuart wheels out rally plans

Rally ace Stuart wheels out 2009 international rally plansRally ace Stuart Jones has unveiled plans to contest the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2009 – and has announced an innovative way to pay for the programme.“Rally sponsorship is becoming increasingly tough to secure funds but we have come up with a great solution with existing family sponsor Lico where everyone is a winner,’’ said the 23 year old from Welshpool.As part of the Sparco group of companies, Lico has become a leading name in the world of motorsport accessories and wheels with the Jones family business SJR Motorsport the key UK distributor.And the sponsorship deal will see Stuart on a massive sales drive for the products – as for every £100 of goods he sells, Lico will donate £20 to the rally fund. “I’m aiming to become one of the country’s top salesmen but I’ve a great range of products to sell,’’ he said.Stuart hopes that rally fans around the country and beyond will be quick to switch to the Lico brand for high quality goods – and the added bonus of helping a British driver achieve success on the world stage.“The plan is to raise £250,000 to run the MG S2000 Sport which has such great potential,’’ said Stuart. “The car is still in the development phase. We have exciting plans for the rest of this year and by the start of next season we expect it to be a consistent winner.’’Stuart has already sampled rallying at the highest levels with a year in the PWRC and this year he has contested rallies in the British Rally Championship and Rally Bohemia.“In addition to the sales drive we have ambitious marketing plans to ensure that Lico becomes the brand of choice for motorsport – whether that is racing, rallying or karting,’’ said Stuart. Lico was formed back in 1992 and become part of the Sparco empire in 2004.  It is a market leader in safety equipment and this year SJR Motorsport has become the key distributor for the rally market and accessories and sole distributor for the winning race and rally wheels Lico by Arcasting.“The reaction to the products so far has been tremendous,’’ said Stuart’s father Mick Jones who runs SJR. “We know the products are good and the work starts now to generate the funds we need for Stuart to succeed,’’ he said. To find out more log onto and get the fund off to a rolling start.