Ice Driving Training at John Haugland Rally School in Norway

In January 2017, Jack was a guest of the John Haugland Ice Driving School in Norway to help him prepare for the different challenges of Rallying ahead of his first season in 2018.

Spectacular scenery around the driving school along with really tricky conditions meant that Jack learned an enormous amount from the experience. And he’s looking forward to more training as part of the MSA elite driving programme at Loughborough College during 2017.

Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car

While Jack will be racing in the Super One Karting series during 2017, the long term goal is to compete at the highest level in rallying, and over the off season, he’ll be taking part in a specific winter driving course in Norway to prepare him for a wider range of conditions and improve his skills.

A key part of Jack’s preparation for rallying has been to familiarise him with the type of car that he will be driving in the senior series.  With this in mind, we have acquired a factory spec Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car which he is using to test in North Wales.

Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car

Although the car looks like a regular road going 208, under the skin, it’s a different beast entirely, providing the perfect basis for Jack to hone his skills.

More Power

The Peugeot 208 R2 delivers 185 BHP at 7800RPM compared to 67HP from the regular model.  This increased power comes from a 1.6l engine that has been tuned to rev higher.  A Magneti-Marelli indirect fuel injection system provides faster delivery of power thanks to the fly by wire design.

Better Control

Control is essential for racing on loose surfaces.  The R2 has a limited Slip Diff on the front wheels and a 5 speed manual gearbox that is cooled through a dedicated intake on the bonnet.  To deliver the power smoothly, a 184mm ceramic clutch connects the engine to the transmission, providing fast gear changes and ensure that power is delivered to the wheels.

Lighter Weight

Despite running in race trim, the car is 30KG lighter than the standard road going version.  This weight saving was achieved despite the larger engine, uprated suspension, and more robust gearbox.  The interior of the car is totally stripped with lightweight Sparco racing seats, and a full FIA approved roll cage for increased stiffness and safety.

Opting for the factory spec R2 will give Jack a solid foundation for rallying in 2018.

30th January 2017 Ice Driving with John Haughland

winterrallyAs Jack steps up his preparations for a full rally season in 2018, he will be attending the John Haughland Ice Driving School to improve his skills on challenging surfaces.

The training takes place from 30th January through until 2nd of February, and will involve a substantial number of training miles.

 

Jack offered place on MSA Academy

In order to support his continued development as a racing driver, Jack has successfully applied for a place on the Elite Motorsports Academy course at Loughborough College.

The AASE Course involves an intensive 2 year study programme that covers all aspects of motorsports including physical training and performance management.  As an extension of his studies, Jack will also compete in Karting through the 2017 season as he builds towards a full season in rallying after his 17th birthday.

More information about the course can be found at the link below.

https://www.msauk.org/Development/MSA-Academy/MSA-Academy

 

2015 Update – MSA British Junior Rallycross Grand Prix winner

In late 2014, Jack tried rallying just to get some seat time and loved it. 2015 has seen him test around once a month on tarmac and gravel and he has a ex challenge Ford KA for testing.

 
Then we decided to do a one off in the MSA British Junior Rallycross Grand Prix and had a result. 2015 MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix champ.
Going forwards, we’re looking at doing much more testing through 2016, with a winter ice driving course booked in Norway ahead of Jack making his full rally debut in 2017 as soon as he’s legally in a position to drive in an appropriate class.