The snow and ice of the Wyedean Rally weren’t the ideal start to the season for Brecon’s young female rally driver, Sara Williams. A cautious event saw Sara finish 8th in class on the difficult event in her KLARIUS Group-backed Subaru Impreza Gp N 12b.
With the slippery conditions still fresh in her mind, Sara headed to Sweded to hone her driving skills on the frozen lakes with professional tutor, Martin Snell at Extreme Rally. With temperatures as low as -20c the lake stays frozen throughout the winter months and provides an ideal location to test a drivers speed and skill.
“It was completely different to the conditions on the Wyedean Rally. Driving on the ice, in Sweden, you’ve got studded tyres which give you a similar amount of grip to driving on gravel but on the Wyedean we were driving on gravel tyres on a polished ice surface – this is because studded tyres are illegal to use in the UK.
“It was great preparation for this weekends Mid Wales Stages. We got to drive a Subaru Impreza, which was very similar to mine, plus also try out a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. I felt my speed and car control improve and I can’t wait to get out in to the Hafren and Myherin stages on the Mid Wales, the same stages we competed on back in November on Wales Rally GB.”
Sara is planning to contest the Pirelli Welsh National and Welsh Clubman Championships in 2012, as well as selected REIS-Get Connected! BTRDA Rally Series with support from KLARIUS Group, Ian Jones Tyres, Woodford Trailers, Brecon Car Rentals and Brecon Motors as well as Millers Oils.
The Mid Wales Stages starts from Theatr Hafren, Newtown on Sunday morning. Spectator car parking is available in Sweet Lamb Rally Complex.
You can keep up to date with Sara’s progress on the Mid Wales Stages and throughout the year by following her on Twitter @SaraRally and visiting her website, www.sararally.com.
– Credit: RallySport Media.