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Media pairing swap cold UK conditions for Norway’s winter wonderland on Sigdals Rally Sky Sports presenter Tony Jardine is set to kick off his 2009 rally campaign this weekend, teaming up with co-driver Sean Moriarty of Motorsport News.

Jardine finished 2008 in style by taking second in class at Wales Rally GB and will be hoping for a similar success at the Sigdals Rally in Norway (10 January). Jardine  and  Moriarty  have  competed  together  previously  in  2007  on  the  Rallye  Sunseeker  in Bournemouth  and  also  Rally  Norway,  Norway’s  round  of  the  World  Rally  Championship  (WRC).

The team flew out to Norway early this week to start preparing for the event, which is deemed to be extremely  challenging,  with  temperatures  hitting  an  extreme  low  of  minus  20.  Although  the  pair have experience of such conditions, this time they will be in a Group N Subaru and have opted to undertake  a  one  day  intensive  course  at  the  highly-rated  John  Haugland  Winter  Rally  School,  in Dagali near Geilo. Haugland, who has competed at the highest level in WRC with Skoda, has had a hand in training some of the top drivers of the past and present including the late Colin McRae and local hero, WRC driver Petter Solberg. Jardine and Moriarty will be hoping to gain some world-class knowledge from Haugland to help them tackle everything that the Sigdals Rally has to throw at them.

York based ProSpeed Motorsport will also be making the journey out to Norway to help Jardine and Moriarty complete the rally, and will be working closely with Subaru Norway who have supplied the team with the Subaru Impreza. One  of  the  main  reasons  for  entering  the  first  round  of  the  Subaru  Cup  is  so  that  Jardine  and Moriarty can get some training in before they return in February to take on the WRC challenge of Rally Norway. In addition, driver Jardine can get to grips with the Group N11 Subaru, the Impreza being a challenge in itself and one of the most powerful rally cars that Jardine has had the privilege to  drive. 

 Normally  competing  in  a  Ford  Fiesta  ST150,  Jardine  will  have  to  learn  how  the  Subaru handles in the snow so that the first outing in 2009 is a safe and successful one.


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