When in Rome: James Williams will make his ERC debut in Italy this weekend. Pic Jakob Ebrey.

Williams Heads To Italy For European Rally Debut

By Paul Evans

James Williams will make his European Rally Championship debut this weekend when the 21-year old Newcastle Emlyn driver contests the Rally di Roma Capitale.

The trip to Italy comes courtesy of Williams winning his class on the recent Ypres Rally, a round of the British Rally Championship.

Co-driven by Tom Woodburn, Williams – who studies Motorsport Management at Swansea University – will drive the new-for-2019 M-Sport designed Ford Fiesta R2T.

“It’s going to be cool,” said Williams. “I’ve only done the BRC before so it will be a big step up, but it will be interesting. I quite like Tarmac, it’s a strong surface for me. Going to Rome will be new. I have to find my feet, but I’ve had a chance to see what the roads are like, the characteristics. I’ll be sussing it out a little bit but it’s a good opportunity.

“The aim is to prove the car against the Peugeots and the Opel ADAMs, but I don’t go into any rally unless I’m trying to win it. We need to be realistic but it’s the plan to do as well as I can, and I feel quite confident coming from Ypres. It should be good.”

While Rally di Roma Capitale is currently a one-off in ERC3 Junior, Williams is open to more appearances. “I hope there will be further opportunities, but we take it step by step at the minute,” he said.

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