Jardine makes Rally of Scotland return with co-driver Noble
Sky Sports News F1 analyst Tony Jardine is set to compete in the RACMSA Rally of Scotland this weekend (7-9 October) with top co-driver Gordon Noble alongside him in their Sky Bet / ProSpeed backed Ford Fiesta R2. The event is the only UK round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and has a record entry including big name drivers Freddy Loix, Juho Hanninen, Andreas Mikkelsen, Guy Wilks and Alister McRae. Jardine finished 18th overall in the 2009 Rally of Scotland and has high hopes for a stronger finish this year. With existing knowledge of the Perthshire and Stirlingshire regions which will play host to 15 gruelling special stages, and a professional navigator with 26 years experience to guide him through the event, Jardine has a clear advantage over where he was two years ago with a novice co-driver.Commenting ahead of the event Jardine said, “I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of a rally car, as the Rally Monte Carlo in January was my last time out with ProSpeed and I’m in need of my next rallying fix! Plus, the Rally of Scotland is such a phenomenal event, with some spectacular stages and often challenging conditions. I’m really looking forward to working with Gordon. He is well known in international rallying and to have a co-driver of his expertise teaming up with us for this one-off event should teach us a thing or two.”Gordon Noble, an acclaimed international co-driver from Northern Ireland, will arrive fresh from the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally and is looking forward to the challenge. Noble said, “I am keen to get going. We have 200 kilometres of competitive stages to challenge us, and it will be a demanding rally. The first two stages on Friday night will be run in the dark, as will one or possibly two stages on the Saturday night. It is tricky enough during daylight let alone at night, but that is all part of the challenge and we will just get stuck in and attack it. When I got the call from Tony last week I jumped at the chance to get out there on stages such as Drummond Hill and Errochty. It will be a good experience and I’m looking forward to it.”As the penultimate round of the 2011 IRC, the Rally of Scotland is expected to draw an impressive crowd to a host of the country’s most stunning locations. The Ceremonial Start will take place in front of Stirling Castle at 19:00hrs on Friday, with the rally finishing at the glorious Scone Palace in Perth on Sunday afternoon.Eurosport will be showing LIVE coverage of the event on Saturday 8 October between 13:00hrs-14:00hrs (SS5 Errochty 1) and 18:30hrs-19:30hrs (SS7 Errochty 2). On Sunday 9 October, SS11 High Corrie 1 will be shown LIVE at 12:00hrs-13:00hrs and SS13 High Corrie 2 between 14:45hrs-15:45hrs on Eurosport Player.