Amy Williams MBE, faces the final obstacle in her rallying quest this weekend when she attempts to complete the notoriously difficult Cambrian Rally in North Wales (19 October).
The 2010 Winter Olympics Skeleton Gold medallist needs to finish four rallies in order to compete in Wales Rally GB, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Williams has completed three national rallies already and is aiming to make it four-out-of-four this time round. The ‘Ice Queen’ co-drives for Sky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine and is feeling the pressure ahead of her final test.
Not finishing this rally would mean heartache for the duo as failure to reach the final time control would jeopardise their participation in the UK’s only round of the WRC: Wales Rally GB. In addition to facing challenging special stages in North Wales this weekend they have the added factor of a new turbo charged Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 rally car, which is purpose built for speed and twice as powerful as anything they have competed in to date.
Jardine said: “The new car will add a whole new dimension to our rally partnership. Either way we are ready for the final challenge. Amy has made fantastic progress in the short amount of time she has been rallying but co-driving is no easy task. Amy was pushed to the brink on the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, 10 days ago, when lots went wrong. Amy dug in and we ground out a good result. We’ve enjoyed success in the previous rallies and hope to do the same again on the Cambrian Rally”
The Cambrian Rally is based in the seaside town of Llandudno and is a free event for spectators. All nine stages take place in the unforgiving Welsh forests, which leave no margin for error. The slightest mistake can easily spell the end of the rally for unlucky drivers.
Williams commented: “You don’t think of those negative things, you have to be positive and confident. As soon as your mind focuses on what can go wrong, it’s not focused on the job.”
Jardine added: “The most important thing for Amy is to finish, so she can make it to Wales Rally GB, then we can start getting competitive. The final signature from the Cambrian Rally will mark the end of what has been an eventful journey. As soon as this rally is over we will begin preparations for Wales Rally GB, where we will be thrown in at the deep end, starting in the dark, in North Wales, taking on the best rally drivers in the world.
Amy and Tony will be supported by the ProSpeed motorsport team and their key sponsors are PlayStation®, Gran Turismo®6, MIS Motorsport, Sky Bet and Kumho Tyres.