The skeleton Olympic Gold medalist and her driving partner, Sky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine, have managed to complete their rally quest by finishing the difficult Cambrian Rally 17 overall, making it four out of four! The Olympic/ media combo are now headed to the final round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) to compete against the rally elite at Wales Rally GB (14-17 November).
The journey hasn’t been easy. A tough assignment by rally standards, to learn co-driving in four short events, Amy Williams has achieved international rally license status in short order demonstrating her skill and determination, but she very nearly didn’t make it. In dramatically changing conditions it became touch and go as Tony Jardine pointed out: “We were in blinding rain on the tough North Wales stages that we will use on the first day of the WRC in the dark. The going was soft then rocky and as slick as an oil field.
“We couldn’t get a rhythm and on a downhill section we slithered sideways as I was too fast and Amy’s delivery of the notes was too slow. Somehow we missed going backwards over a drop as the incredible four wheel drive traction of the ProSpeed Mitsubishi saved us and kept us in the event.”
Amy Williams continued: “We weren’t gelling, Tony and I had arrived late in Wales after very tight schedules, I had been delayed in Turkey by twenty two hours and was short of sleep, so with all the pre-event activities we were still catching up on pacenotes over breakfast on the day of the event!
“We couldn’t get going properly but with ProSpeed boss Olly Marshall’s incredible help, together with great team work, we pulled off a super result. I am relieved as it was so difficult, yet elated as I am now international status and we are headed to Wales Rally GB, amazing!”
Amy and Tony received excellent support from the ProSpeed motorsport team who will be continuing their support at Wales Rally GB. Key sponsors include PlayStation®, Gran Turismo®6, MIS, SkyBet and Kumho.