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Amy-Williams-with-mentor-Daniel-BarrittSky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine and 2010 Winter Olympic Games Skeleton Gold Medallist, Amy Williams MBE, have this morning announced the launch of their rally campaign which aims to transform an Olympic champion into a fully fledged rally navigator.

Adrenaline addict and petrolhead Williams takes on the challenge, knowing full well that she has just 10 weeks to learn how to compete among the best rally crews in the world, on the international stage, at Wales Rally GB in North Wales on 14-17 November.

Williams is no stranger to pushing herself to the limit and this latest venture follows other daredevil behaviour including taking part in TV shows such as ITV’s ‘71 Degrees North’ and Sky’s popular sporting programme ‘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.

In order to qualify as an international co-driver in time to compete on Wales Rally GB – the finale of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – alongside driver Jardine, Williams must finish at least three national rallies, proving she has got what it takes.

Tony-Jardine,-Daniel-Barritt,-Amy-Williams-and-Olly-MarshallThis weekend (07 September), Williams makes her co-driving debut in a Honda Civic Type-R on the GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally which is a one-day event taking place in Dumfries, Scotland. Assisting with her essential training is Daniel Barritt, co-driver to M-Sport’s British rising rally star Elfyn Evans on the WRC trail.

Talking ahead of the Merrick Stages, 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.”

Williams continued: “I’ve done my homework on Tony [Jardine], he is not a professional driver but a very competent amateur and he has the experience with a good finishing record. I can trust him to drive well and we can build as a team towards competing together in the final round of the WRC on Wales Rally GB in November. The pressure is on to learn the role, and finish national rallies, so that I gain the all important up-grade signatures to achieve international licence status. Without that I won’t have a crack at competing on the world rally stage!”

Supporting the ProSpeed rally team and Amy Williams in her co-driving quest to reach WRC level, key sponsors include PlayStation®, Gran Turismo®6, MIS Motorsport, Sky Bet and Kumho.

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