Friday, 6 September 2013

Rally - Amy joins Tony

The secret's well and truly out now,  2010 Winter Olympic Games Skeleton Gold Medallist, Amy Williams MBE, has signed up to sit beside Sky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine in a Honda Civic for tomorrow's GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally.

Amy now has 10 weeks to qualify for an International Rally Licence in order to contest Wales Rally GB, and the quest starts tomorrow.

This latest adventure by the adrenaline addict and petrolhead Amy follows other daredevil behaviour including taking part in ITV’s ‘71 Degrees North’ and Sky’s ‘A League of Their Own’. The former saw the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominee achieve third place in the face of many frozen challenges and the latter pitches Amy against names such as James Corden and Freddie Flintoff in various sporting tests.

Amy now has to finish at least three national rallies to get her licence, but this will be no easy task - sitting beside Tony Jardine, who could get lost sliding down the Cresta run, never mind helping her to find her way around one of the largest forest complexes in the UK, Galloway Forest Park.

Fortunately, Daniel Barritt has been co-opted to help. Commenting, Amy Williams said: “Sometimes I say yes to things without thinking them through! But then I love a challenge, I like living on the edge, testing myself and learning new skills."

“I have enjoyed sitting beside professional rally drivers on high speed rides before, which was thrilling but I haven’t yet competed in a rally. I didn’t find anything to frighten or scare me as compared to the intensity, speed and g-forces you feel on the skeleton bobsleigh courses it actually feels a bit slower but none the less challenging – we are still against the stopwatch!"

“I was fortunate enough to compete in BBC Top Gear’s ‘Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car’ and had two practice laps with the Stig shouting out instructions, I managed one of the fastest wet weather times but I am dying to do it again. Once you try something the athlete in you wants to learn to go quicker, how to do it better. Once I get into the rally programme co-driving with Tony I will want to learn all the key skills as soon as I can to keep improving the job I do, and I will.”

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