The Team PlayStation®VR in association with ProSpeed entry achieved an impressive 39th place at the hands of Winter Olympic Gold Medalist; Amy Williams MBE and driver Tony Jardine during the 2016 Wales Rally GB.
While this wasn’t Williams’ first Rally, the event was still an experience for the 34-year-old. The pair gained significant ground in the final day, also finishing twentieth in their class. It hadn’t been a perfect run though, with Jardine knocking the front end of the car on the final Brenig stage.
Outside of the occasional motorsport experience, Williams is most well-known for her success with Team GB. In the 2010 Winter Olympics she achieved a Gold medal in the Women’s Skeleton, the only Brit to collect a medal during the games.
Williams commented on her Rally experience saying; “This whole rally has been huge success for me, Thanks to Craig Parry’s help, I was prepared for co-driving duties however I was a little apprehensive as it’s completely different once you are out on the tough gravel stages.
“Tony and I gelled from the recce, once again and got back into the form that won us Class 3 back in 2013. It was a tougher rally than the first time and having Olly Marshall and the ProSpeed guys made it so much easier. Raymond Mason’s Mitsubishi Evo IX once again performed incredibly well, despite Tony trying to remodel it against a few Welsh boulders.”
Jardine is an experienced Rally driver in his own right and also doubles up as a Formula One news analyst for Sky Sports. Since returning to the UK, the 64-year-old has competed in every Rally GB, also partnering Williams back in 2013.
After the event, he said; “I didn’t think I could get Amy Williams back in the co-drivers seat with me again. From the promotional work we did with Chase de Vere, it was apparent how much energy and enthusiasm she brought and that was reflected on the stages and the reaction from all the fans.”
“She was faultless and we had a total blast. She came here to raise awareness of the 2018 Winter Olympics with her Sliding To Success campaign and she did more than that!”
The final event of the World Rally Championship takes place on the 18-20 November for Rally Australia.