European Rally Championship & Dacia Cup
Walero Ambassador Harry Hunt finishes 4th in the 2016 Silk Way Rally!
Easily tougher than this year’s Dakar, the 2016 Silk Way Rally was unique in its length, surface variety and in part, altitude. Totalling 10,735 kilometres from start to finish, the route snaked through some of the most diverse, jaw-dropping landscapes in all the earth, from Moscow to Beijing featuring stints through Balkhash; home to one of the largest lakes in Asia, and Dunhuang; an ancient Buddhist city resting at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert.
During the 16-day rally, Hunt and his co-driver Andreas Schulz fought hard for their finishing position after a tough start left them 40 minutes behind. Despite that, just five days into the race, Harry covered a whopping 820 kilometres in one day and managed to make up a staggering 20 places. Then, only three days before race finish, competitor, Sebastien Loeb, dropped two hours after a penalty, leaving Harry to secure his 4th place.
Finishing ahead of Dakar 2016’s winners Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret was a proud moment for Harry and navigator Schulz, who will be contesting the next Dakar Rally in January 2017. The team here at Walero couldn’t have been happier to hear news of such a fantastic result, and in his latest Facebook post, Harry said, “Can’t believe Silk Way Rally is over and I finished 4th overall – what an amazing experience. Massive thanks to X-raid Team, MINI and my navigator Andy Schulz, couldn’t have done it without you.”
Harry’s rally season continues to go from strength to strength and we are ever proud to have him on our team of ambassadors! A huge well done from us!
His next event is the Rally Du Maroc, followed by the Dakar in 2017.
Last weekend witnessed Walero ambassador and BRC race driver Tom Cave achieve his finest MSA British Rally Championship result this season with a second place in round four – the RSAC Scottish Rally.
The race comprised a distance of 62 competitive miles across eight stages within forests close to the host town of Dumfries. Along with co-driver James Morgan, Tom entered the race in good spirits; the pair having won the Plains Rally back in May now ready to pick up where they left off with sights set on that championship title.
During the first stage, Tom set the pace as the third-fastest competitor and proceeded to maintain the pace through to stage two, meaning he and James entered the first service halt in fourth place. Stage three threw them an unexpected curveball though when issues with the car led to loss of power and some much-needed attention. Thankfully, Spencer Sport and M-Sport engineers resolved the issue and before long Tom and James were back behind the wheel, resuming third-fastest again on stage five, before picking up seconds in stage six where they achieved the second-fastest time.
With organisers cancelling stage seven, all focus fell on the final stage; a 10.64-mile stint through a forest referred to as Mount Joe. Never one to disappoint, Tom set the quickest time by 4.5-seconds, securing a hard-earned second place.
“This result just goes to show that it’s not over until it’s over,” said Tom at the finish. “When the engine started to lose power we feared our challenge might be over, but a great job by the Spencer Sport and M-Sport engineers meant we were back in contention. We really pushed hard in the afternoon to make up for any lost time and I’m extremely pleased to have set the fastest time on the final stage and to have taken second place.
“It’s great for us to have gained a good haul of points on this event. Everything is going in the right direction at the moment: the car and the team, plus James and I as a partnership, so things are looking good for the remaining three rounds. I have to thank Spencer Sport, M-Sport, James and all of our supporters, especially Michelin and Tim Hoare for providing us with excellent tyres, advice and technical support.”
As an ambassador for Walero, Tom relies on our temperature-regulating base layers for maximum comfort and enhanced performance. He says, “In the hot, stressed environment of a rally car where temperatures reach 60°C, the last thing you need to worry about is feeling uncomfortable. Wearing Walero definitely gives me the edge, keeping both my body and therefore my mind cool in all conditions.”
This weekend’s result makes Tom and James the most consistent of all top-four BRC crews, shifting them up to third in the championship standings.
The next race takes place on the 9th & 10th of July at our distributor Nicky Grist’s, Stages Rally on and around the Epynt military ranges near Brecon, South Wales. A huge good luck to Tom and James for the upcoming event!
British racing driver Johnny Mowlem has been announced as a brand ambassador for Walero, the motorsports base layer supplier.
Mowlem, who currently competes in America in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship with BAR1 Motorsports, will formally launch the partnership this weekend at Watkins Glen.
Johnny Mowlem commented: “I’m delighted to become a brand ambassador for Walero as having tried their fireproof undergarments I’ve been incredibly impressed at how well they appear to regulate my body temperature. 90% of my pro-racing takes place in often stifling hot and humid conditions in the IMSA United Sportscar Championship, and I suffer less with the heat when wearing Walero, which helps my competitiveness and concentration levels in particular towards the end of a long two or three-hour stint.”
Walero is a UK-based company producing the most technologically advanced range of competition base layers. The FIA [8856-200] and SFI [3.3] approved garments are fully fireproof and regulate the body’s temperature in both hot and cold climates, ensuring that the wearer stays comfortable and protected.
“We are proud to announce this partnership with Johnny, who is such a well-respected driver. The USA brings different challenges compared to the UK and Europe, due to the extreme temperatures that we rarely experience in this part of the world. Johnny’s experience will be invaluable in helping us enter this market, as well as helping us test and develop future products in his role as a brand ambassador. We wish him every success for the rest of the season.” – Fiona James, Managing Director, Walero