Jackson sets his sights on Junior British Championship

Jonathan Jackson and Meirion Evans with their Ford Fiesta R2T.

Jonathan Jackson and Meirion Evans with their Ford Fiesta R2T.

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The 2016 rally season is set to provide Warwick co-driver Jonathan Jackson with his greatest challenge yet, with the 26-year-old planning to contest the new Dmack Junior British Rally Championship.

A former junior champion, Jackson is no stranger to the British Rally Championship having contested the BRC Challenge and Fiesta Sport Challenge categories in 2013.

A prize of more than £50,000 towards a Drive Dmack World Rally Championship drive in 2017 is on offer to the winner of the junior category in 2016.

Jackson will partner young Welsh driver Meirion Evans for a third successive season.

He said: “Over the last two years we’ve worked hard as a team on our pacenote-making and teamwork whilst doing the right events to collect invaluable data for next year.

“We believe we have what it takes to win.

“We really hope we can add to the success we’ve had together to date and take the incredible prize.”

The pair, who will be driving a new Ford Fiesta R2T, will again be competing under the banner of the Melvyn Evans Motorsport team, run by Evans’ father, and Jackson believes the continuity will give them a headstart on their rivals.

“We had a number of options on the table for next season, including a car run by another team,” said Jackson.

“However, we believe staying with the team we know inside and out will give us the best chance of success next year. We’ve all worked towards this goal for two years.”

The Dmack Junior British Rally Championship will begin with the Mid-Wales Stages, based in Newtown, on the March 5 before taking the team across the UK with seven events in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, before ending on the Isle of Man in September.

The team are looking for backers for 2016 and more details can be found at www.meirionevans.com