Alastair Fisher will join Gwyndaf Evans in the JRM Mitsubishi team for the final round of the British rally championship in Yorkshire from September 24 to 25.
Fisher faced a dilemma over whether to risk his own Mitsubishi Lancer on Rally Yorkshire just a week ahead of his bid to win the Irish Tarmac championship in Cork.
But a surprise offer from JRM to drive one of their new ‘national level’ Evo X Lancers has solved the problem.
“JRM approached me after the Ulster Rally and asked if I would drive one of their cars and of course I said yes,” explained Fisher who scored a stunning last-stage win over BRC rival Jonny Greer on the Lakeland Rally at the weekend.
“I’m out of the running for the British title this year and had been thinking about missing the Yorkshire Rally because the last round of the Tarmac championship is just a week afterwards but this is a perfect solution. And it will be a great opportunity to work with the JRM team and to see how the Evo X compares to my current Evo IX.”
John Barnes, JRM team manager, said: “Alastair has shown that he has the pace and ability to run at the front of the field. In fact, he has been one of our main competitors this year.
“Knowing he was questioning whether to go to Yorkshire we were happy to give him this opportunity and I’m sure he will demonstrate how competitive our new car is, even though it is not built to full international Group N specification.”
JRM say the ‘national’ specification Mitsubishi is designed to appeal to drivers who want to move into a competitive four-wheel-drive R4 class car without spending a six-figure sum.
The shell, safety cage, and all-round preparation are of an equal standard to that of the full-specification version but does not include items such as a dog-gear box or big brake kit.