Armstrong enjoys ride in Wilson's WRC car (October 29, 2010)
Jonny Armstrong from Northern Ireland sits alongside Stobart World Rally team driver, Matthew Wilson before been taken for a spin in the Ford Focus RS WRC through the official shakedown stage of the 2010 Rally Catalunya.
ENNISKILLEN youngster Jon Armstrong won the prize of a lifetime this week - the chance to sit next to Matthew Wilson, Britain’s top World Rally Championship driver. The 16-year-old, on holiday in Salou, attended the Stobart Monster Rally Roadshow ahead of this weekend’s Rally Spain.
The teenager, who is no stranger to the world of rallying, first showed his skills on the Dirt 2 computer simulator, setting the fastest time of the evening.
And that won him a ride alongside Stobart M-Sport Ford driver Matthew Wilson on Thursday’s shakedown run ahead of Rally Spain. And for Jon, it was a day to remember.
“It was amazing, just fantastic,” said Jon, who also spent time with Monster World Rally team pilot Ken Block.
“The speed was just unbelievable and so much faster than I had been expecting.
“I’ve competed in a local rallysprint championship at home driving a Ford Fiesta ST but the [Ford] Focus RS WRC is far quicker.
“Matthew was very precise in his driving and I couldn’t believe the pace he was taking on some of the corners. It was a thrilling experience.
“We came here for a holiday and also to catch some of the rally but I never expected to get a ride in a WRC car with Matthew Wilson.
“It’s only when you see someone like Matthew close up do you really get any idea of how good they are at what they do.”
Wilson meanwhile hoped he’d won over a few more supporters through the Stobart Monster Roadshow.
“It was a great night and we were very well received,” said 23-year-old Wilson.
“It was nice to meet the fans and spend some time with them because most of the time we only see them for a split-second out on the stages. I’m sure Jonny enjoyed it - though it was difficult to tell behind his smile!”
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 29th Oct 2010
First published in the www.impartialreporter.com on the 29 Oct 10
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