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Captain Chaos
07-04-2008, 07:49 PM
Two years after making his British Rally Championship debut, 23 year old Welshpool resident Stuart Jones returns for another attempt at the title. Stuart will contest the series as a works driver with one of the most dynamic cars to compete in the British Isles in quite some time, the revolutionary MG Super 2000 Sport.

Stuart, who was the 2004 Peugeot Super Cup Champion and winner of numerous rounds of the Mitsubishi Evo Challenge, will be partnered by experienced co-driver Andy Bull for the full campaign. This could also include a selection of events in Europe later in the season, as the young Welshman takes on the very important role as a works driver in the MSD run project.

After impressing team principal David Whitehead on the Wales Rally GB in 2007, Stuart was offered a dream seat as the works driver for 2008. This role also includes being involved in the testing and development of the new car. Feedback from Stuart will be used to provide setup data on the customer cars in the U.K, Ireland and Europe.

David Whitehead: MSD and MG are delighted to have teamed up with Stuart Jones. We see Stuart as one of the UK’s emerging rally talents, so it is entirely appropriate that he is one of the first to seriously campaign the MG S2000 in the fast emerging Super 2000 category. We fully expect Stuart to take the challenge to the leading Group N competitors and wish him the best of luck.

The team also welcomes a brand new sponsor in the form of Lico Wheels (www.licowheels.com). Produced in Italy, Lico are a leading supplier of competition wheels throughout Europe, which are manufactured to an extremely high standard. With SJR Motorsport becoming the official distributor of Lico Wheels in the U.K. their common aim is to become the Number One competition wheel supplier in Europe.

Lico, who are South American based, join Stuart’s own personal sponsors PIAA, Rallytech, Teng Tools, Motorsport Insurance Service and Dacha Oak Products in supporting the talented Welshman in his bid to make it to the top of the sport.

With minimal testing having been carried out on the still new car Stuart is under no illusions about the challenges ahead. The car has come along a lot since Wales Rally GB but nothing beats competitive mileage against your rivals. Whilst we can already see gains in performance we won’t really have an idea of our pace until we arrive at the Pirelli Rally and go head to head, but I am really confident that we can take the fight to the top drivers in the Championship. We recently used the Red Dragon Rally as a test and were very pleased with how the day went. A big thanks to MSD who have put a lot of time and effort into developing the car since Wales Rally GB. I am confident that we will be on the pace from the beginning.

A recent test on the Red Dragon Rally in South Wales bodes well for the team, after Stuart and Andy experienced a trouble free day and were pleased to be on the pace of the front runners. They will now re prepare the car ahead of the season opener, the Pirelli International Rally, which takes place in Carlisle from 18th to 19th April.

For more on Lico Products please visit www.licowheels.com
For more on Stuart please visit www.stuartjonesrallying.com
For more on the MG Super 2000 please visit www.msd-world.com

Static photo appears courtesy of Geoff Mayes - www.geoffmayesmedia.com
Action photo appears courtesy of Rally Shots - www.rally-shots.com

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Tony
07-04-2008, 09:44 PM
I wish the team luck with this venture. Can we assume the Captain will be returning to the forests?

Captain Chaos
07-04-2008, 10:29 PM
I've never really been out of them Tony!

Jerry Zedman
18-04-2008, 09:45 PM
Once again the Cap't strikes gold! Nice one Dave! :thumbs1:

Car looks better with this colour scheme than the one that we saw last year.

Jerry Zedman
29-05-2008, 12:48 PM
MG wins first rally!

From Chinacartimes, published by Ash May 28th, 2008 in Nanjing MG (originally from MG S2000 Forum via MG-Rover):

Lico Wheels backed Stuart Jones made history by becoming the first person in the new generation MG Super 2000 to set fastest stage times in the British Rally Championship as the 23 year old put in a storming drive to snatch second position on the very last stage of an action packed Jim Clark International Rally. Stuart is also the first person since Tony Pond in an MG Metro 6R4 in 1986 to score a British Championship fastest stage time in an MG!

Stuart, along with co-driver Andy Bull, approached the opening loop of stages cautiously as a lack of budget had prevented a pre event test and the first time Stuart was able to drive the car on tarmac in anger had been at shakedown on Thursday night. The first loop of stages saw Stuart drop time as he was not 100% confident with the setup. At first service the MSD team made some changes to the setup which transformed the car as the young Welshman was immediately on the pace of the front runners.

Captain Chaos
30-05-2008, 08:53 AM
Cracking news, eh Jerry?

I must say though, that the MG S2000 didn't actually win it's first rally, but in fact came 4th Overall and was the 2nd British Rally Championship registered competitor to finish. The other two competitors in front of it were registered for the Irish Tarmac Championship.

I advise all of you to get out in the woods or down the lanes and see this car in action - it sounds and handles awesome. Check out this video on You Tube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMWayNoXei4

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