After a strong debut year in UK rallying, 18-year-old Ed Fossey has today been announced as a Yokohama UK supported driver ahead of the 2017 rallying season. The Jersey-born driver enters his second year with the Japanese tyre firm, which was announced in front of thousands at the Autosport International Motorsport Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
“I am hugely excited to be working with Yokohama UK for a second year,” said a delighted Fossey. “In our first year together I developed so much as a driver by having a fantastic tyre underneath me. Both the gravel and tarmac tyres really gave me confidence to build speed and trust with every event and knowing how the tyre would behave allowed me to claim some encouraging results. Continuing the relationship in 2017 is very pleasing for a young driver like myself as I can go into my first full year with consistency and great optimism for progressing my rallying career further.”
Graduating from the Kick Energy Junior 1000 Series at the end of 2015, the young Channel Islander showed great promise and pace in selected events in 2016. The Toyota Yaris driver claimed two class podiums on his first two gravel events before a drive beyond his years on the tarmac lanes on the Jersey Rally, chalking up second in class and a giant-killing 15th overall in his 1400cc machine.
Yokohama UK continue to support the Bournemouth University student, giving his 2016 development the rubber stamp of approval and reaffirming its commitment to the Jersey teenager with tyres and support for his 2017 rallying assault.
“Yokohama has a proud history of supporting grass-roots motorsport as well talented young drivers who have the potential to be future champions of tomorrow,” comments Mark Evans, head of motorsport for Yokohama HPT Ltd. “We look forward to giving Ed our support again in 2017 and wish him the very best of success.”
Further details of Fossey’s exact campaign are currently being finalised and will be announced in due course.