One of the toughest rallies of the year
Four weeks after his fantastic maiden JWRC podium on the Tour de Corse Rally, in France, young Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach heads to the Isle of Man for a high speed tarmac test ahead of his British Rally Championship campaign.
the 2006 RBS International Manx Rally attracting a variety of competitors from a large selection of championships it looks set to be one of the toughest rallies of the year.
Despite contesting the Junior World Rally Championship in a 2 wheel drive Renault Clio S1600, Conrad and his hugely experienced co-driver, David Senior, are using a brand new Geoff Jones Motorsport prepared Subaru Impreza N12 for the 6 rounds of the British Championship. 3 of these rallies are tarmac events, including the Isle of Man International Rally in August, and run over a similar course to this weekends Manx Rally, hence Conrad's' desire to compete this weekend.
Seeded just behind the extremely quick Alistair Tough, as the 2nd Group N runner, and ahead of a selection of top WRC and Group B cars, Conrad is hoping for a good solid run this weekend.
“We have only just taken delivery of the car, so this is more of an extended test session. I am also hoping to gain experience of the unique roads around the island ahead of the BRC event here later in the year.”
Conrad is also conscious of the fact that the opening round of the British Rally Championship, the Pirelli International, is only a week later and thus will be more focused on fine tuning his new pace note system rather than outright pace.
The rally begins on Friday night and continues all day Saturday, with the first car expected to finish around 4pm.