Tom Cave and the JRM EVO X perform well in the Wyedean Rally - 16 February, 2011
Again an JRM Mitsubishi Evolution X running with PPG straight cut gears has performed well in Europe. After successful seasons in previous years, the JRM team goes from strength to strength and the PPG components have again proven ultra reliable in high end motorsport applications. In this particular case, 19-year old Tom Cave from Aberdovey, together with Co-driver Craig Parry, delivered an impressive performance in a JRM Evolution X on Saturday’s Wyedean Rally, by finishing seventh overall and second in Group N.
Having arranged to hire a JRM car for the Forest of Dean-based event, with a view of going on to contest the British Rally Championship, Cave tested the Mitsubishi on Friday morning at Walters Arena and, following a few adjustments to the car’s setup, was very pleased with the way it performed.
On the very first of the day’s seven stages, he set the second-fastest time overall! An excellent performance in a new car and on his BTRDA and Wyedean Rally debut.
As other competitors more familiar with the stages and those in more powerful machinery started to push, Cave’s second place came under threat. However, his case was not helped when he suffered a number of spins during stage three.
At the service halt the team found a broken rear anti-roll bar link, which would have most certainly unsettled the car. Added to this, a change of tyres onto the type used for British Championship events was also suspected to have altered the way the car handled.
Even so, Cave never set a time outside the top ten in all of the event’s seven stages and was obviously enjoying his first experience in a JRM Mitsubishi. He was therefore extremely satisfied to finish second in Group N and seventh overall, amongst a field of 180 cars.
“I was very happy with the way the JRM Mitsubishi felt to drive. The team did a really good job”, said Cave. “Without the problems of the day I am sure we could have challenged for the class win and a higher overall placing. I therefore look forward to driving the car again now I have some experience of it – and hopefully I’ll be feeling better too!”
Team Manager John Barnes was extremely pleased with the outcome: “Tom drove really well and I’m delighted that the car performed so well too. I am also pleased that it has now been confirmed he will be with us for the first round of the British Championship.”
The JRM Rally Team will next be in action on the Rally Sunseeker, the opening round of the British Rally Championship, which takes place on 26 February. Cave will be joined at this event by Daniel Barry, who will drive another of the company’s Mitsubishi Evolution Xs.
(material text and image sourced from JRM newsletter - 14/2/11)