8 MARCH 2018 17:30
Spencer Sport will run two Mitsubishi Mirage R5 rally cars on this Sunday’s Tour of Epynt, driven by Jamie Jukes and Philip Hopkins.
Co-driven by James Morgan, Jamie has been seeded at #17 in his Oil4Wales/Spencer ECA-supported Mirage R5. Philip and co-driver Aled Edwards will start at #23 in their Hopkins Motorsport-backed car.
The Tour of Epynt is based in Llandovery, just 30 miles away from Spencer Sport’s headquarters in Penrhiwllan, and includes seven stages over the famous Epynt military range roads, totalling 74 miles. A competitor recce, followed by technical scrutineering, takes place on Saturday (10 March), before the action gets underway the following day (Sunday 11 March) at 08.40. The finish is back in Llandovery at 16.30.
This weekend’s Tour of Epynt has attracted a magnificent 100 car entry and is a round of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, JD Tyres Welsh National Tarmacadam Championship, Hirefit King of Epynt Challenge, FMP Rally Challenge and the ANWCC Stage Rally Championship.
“Epynt is always a great challenge and we’re delighted to be running two of our very latest R5 spec Mitsubishi Mirages on what is a very local event to us,” says Spencer Sport Team Manager Charlie Jukes. “We have done a lot of development work to the Mirage R5 over the winter, and proved how competitive the car is on gravel by leading the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship. The aim of the Tour of Epynt is to go out and showcase once again how competitive the Mirage R5 is on asphalt – and whilst the priority will be to get both cars to the finish, we’ll be looking to set some very competitive times against the more powerful ex-works World Rally Cars at are also competing.”
Spectators are welcome and should approach the Epynt ranges via the ‘dual carriageway’ off the A40 at Llywel. Admission is £10 per car and includes a comprehensive Spectator Guide & Entry List. Three locations will provide viewing of all the stages throughout the day – all accessed from the Dixies Corner area and arrowed accordingly.