Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams recently received expert rally advice from newly-crowned 2013 FIA World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier, as the novice co-driver edges closer to competing on Wales Rally GB.
The 2010 Winter Olympic Skeleton champion is currently halfway through a rally challenge, which has seen her embark on the journey from complete novice to WRC level co-driver.
Williams is co-driving for Tony Jardine with the ProSpeed team, with the duo having to compete on four national rallies in order for Williams to qualifying as an international co-driver in time for the final WRC round of the season. They have been a successful pairing so far, finishing first in class on both the Merrick Stages and Rally Yorkshire.
Williams met Ogier at Castle Combe’s annual Rally Day last month, with Ogier lending her some expert advice.
Volkswagen driver Ogier advised Williams: “It is important to remain comfortable in the car, keep a calm head and be clear in what you are saying to the driver. Rallies are challenging and fast paced, remaining calm and comfortable is key to having a successful rally.”
Williams commented: “It was a fantastic experience to meet such a prominent figure in the rally world; he gave me excellent advice, which I will definitely be using in my next rallies. I feel more confident having now completed two national events but I’m still very nervous for Wales Rally GB as I will be competing against the best in the world and I want to give it my all.”
The next rally for Jardine and Williams is this weekend’s Colin McRae Forest Stages in Scotland.