Welshman James Williams and English co-driver Ross Whittock are the first recipients of a test with Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing.
Their prize is a test in the latest specification Hyundai i20 R5 for leading the Prestone MSA Motorsport News Junior British Rally Championship after the opening two rounds.
The prizes, which are supported by Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing, will offer two successful crews a chance to join the manufacturer for a day-long test in southern Europe.
The winners will sample the latest i20 R5 from the Korean firm – a four-wheel-drive machine all of the junior competitors will be hoping to step into, in the coming years.
The first recipients are the Vauxhall ADAM R2 team of James Williams and Ross Whittock. Williams has come on leaps and bounds in the past 12 months in the Junior BRC. The 20-year-old clinched his first podium in Ypres last season in a Ford Fiesta R2T before repeating the feat on his home round – The Nicky Grist Stages.
James swapped the Fiesta for a Vauxhall ADAM this season and has been tipped as one of the main title protagonists for 2018. Second on the opening round on the gravel of the Pirelli International Rally was a strong start to his campaign, and this was swiftly followed by a breakthrough Junior BRC win in Belgium – producing a front-wheel-drive master class on the event to not only win the British section but also the honour of the first front-wheel-drive car across the finishing line.
“Getting a win so early on in the season has exceeded my expectations and to win in Ypres is fantastic,” said Williams. “I knew I could do it, but thought it may come later in the season. It still hasn’t sunk in yet, and not only was it good for Ross and me, but for my team, HT Installations and all my supporters.”