PRESS RELEASE: 12 November 2018
Jamie Jukes hits the PokerStars
Rally jackpot with victory in Spencer Sport Mitsubishi
Jukes mastered atrociously wet and slippery conditions
on the Isle of Man to win the 2018 PokerStars Rally in
the Spencer Sport R5 specification Mitsubishi Mirage.
Co-driven by James Morgan, the Penrhiwllan-based driver
made a cautious start in the worst of the weather conditions
on Friday night. Having survived heavy rain and flooded
roads, Jamie held a strong second position at the overnight
halt and was sportingly full of praise and admiration
for Kevin Davies/Dylan Jenkins, who led the event by 11
seconds in their Escort Mk2 at that stage in the rally.
Despite the rain easing, Saturday’s stages continued
to be extremely slippery. Jamie used the four-wheel drive
and rallycross-inspired set-up of the Mitsubishi Mirage
to great effect and upped his pace, taking the lead of
the Manx Auto Sport-organised event on SS7, the opening
stage of the day. From then on, he consistently increased
his advantage and adopted an ‘unfamiliar measured
push to the finish’ to win the event by 1 minute
Winning a rally on the Isle of Man has been a goal for
Jamie for some time and it was extra special as victory
came just over a year after he and co-driver Dave Williams
were hospitalised after an accident on the Island. Jamie
had no hesitation in dedicating his win to his friend
Mark James, who crashed his Escort Mk2 on Saturday morning’s
SS8. Having been removed from the car by event emergency
teams and the fire service, before initially being treated
at Nobles Hospital on the island (where Jamie was so well
looked after following his crash), Mark is now receiving
treatment at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool.
Having finished second overall on a shakedown event at
the Welsh Motorsports Centre at Pembrey, Oli Hopkins was
back driving his brother’s Hopkins Specialist Race
Trailers-backed Mirage. Co-driven by Ian Taylor, the Bristol-based
driver was challenging for a top 10 position when the
car skidded off the road and into a ditch. Oli continued,
but having lost around eight minutes went on to finish
10th in class and 44th overall.
John Indri had given his bright yellow Mirage its competition
debut on the Manx National Rally earlier in the year,
during which he encountered monsoon-like conditions. The
weather was even worse this time, as the Colchester driver
battled through the Friday night deluge. Co-driven by
Mathew Smalley, the Adrian Flux Insurance/Steve Harkness
Tyres-backed driver’s good run came to a premature
end due to a transmission issue.
On their first event on the Isle of Man and only their
second event in their recently finished, Spencer Sport
supported Proton Satria S1400, Ieuan Evans and Will Rogers
were running as high as second in class at one point.
Having been seeded at 71, their excellent run came to
an unlucky end with gearbox problems.
the finish, Jamie said: “We were dutifully cautious
and got through Friday night without problems, other than
a small electrical gremlin at the beginning of stage two.
That left us in second and in a decent position for Saturday,
which then required a measured push to the finish - not
familiar territory for me I have to admit! Without question,
it has already gone down in history as the wettest rally
ever. We knew it was going to be bad and the team used
some of the experience gained from the British Rallycross
campaign to massage the car into something that could
better cope with what was coming.
“It’s been quite some journey this one and
I’m very pleased to have got the job done and won
the Manx Autosport PokerStars Rally! I’ve so many
people to thank: Dave Williams, my great friend and accomplice
in all the highs and very lows that the Isle of Man has
granted us; James Morgan for bringing his influence and
talent into this absolutely fabulous little car; Charlie
Jukes for taking the flack whilst doing his best for me
- his little brother - and to everyone that make the wonderful
Spencer ECA and Spencer Sport teams what they are. They’re
very special and I could not be more proud of us.
“I also have to pay tribute to our Manx ‘friends
for life’ that have looked after us since our big
one that Dave and I had at Rally Isle of Man just over
a year ago. Also, to event organisers Manx Auto Sport
on delivering another great and well organised rally no
matter what Mother Nature or anyone else throws at them.
A big thank you to all you marshals, set-up crews and
radio crews - you have our absolute respect and gratitude.
“The downer to all this is the uncertain situation
with the driver of car 36, my personal friend and Spencer
ECA’s totally reliable heavy haulage contractor
Mark James. A nicer man you will not find, and from the
bottom of my heart I hope it’s all okay in time.
I dedicate this result to you pal.”
Charlie Jukes, Spencer Sport team manager, said: “Jamie
has been rallying on the Isle of Man for several years,
so this victory has been a while in the making and richly
deserved. The conditions were horrendous, yet Jamie drove
exceptionally well and the car ran almost faultlessly,
which was extraordinary in the severe wet weather conditions.
I’m really proud of the entire Spencer Sport team
that ran four cars effortlessly on this challenging event.
“Oli Hopkins/Ian Taylor had a great run in their
Mirage, with only an off in very tricky conditions denying
them a good result. John Indri/Mathew Smalley suffered
a rare transmission problem in their Mirage, and it was
great to see Ieuan Evans/Will Rogers having such a great
run on their Isle of Man debut, getting as high as second
in class before retiring their Proton.”
Spencer Sport would to thank its partners for their support:
Spencer ECA, Oil 4 Wales, Nicky Grist Motorsports, PIAA
UK, Speedline Corse UK, Atech Racing, Motul,
Hopkins Specialist Race Trailers, Sea & Slate Holiday
Cottages and Rallycover insurance.
PRESS RELEASE: 16 July 2018
Impressive performance in Spencer
Sport Mitsubishi Mirage on Nicky Grist Stages sees Tom
back on the pace from the word go
Tom Cave and James Morgan showed they had lost none of
their former pace, when they recorded the fastest time
on the first of eight stages on Saturday’s (14th
July) Nicky Grist Stages Rally. Following a day long battle
for the lead, they went on to cross the line in second
place. But having reached the finish, their convincing
podium position was denied when, due to an admin oversight
by the co-driver, the Welsh pair were disqualified for
infringing an event regulation.
a successful test in the Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage
last week, Tom was more than ready to make his return
to the stages in a R5 specification car following a nine-month
sabbatical since he and James finished third in the WRC2
category in October’s Wales Rally GB.
Saturday’s event featured a loop of four stages
on the gravel roads on and around the Epynt Military Ranges
in the morning, followed by the same loop of four in the
afternoon. Seeded at number one, things started perfectly
for Tom and James. In the dry and dusty conditions, they
set the fastest time on the opening stage and consequently
led the rally by two seconds, ahead of current British
Rally Championship leaders Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod
in a Fiesta R5.
During the following three stages before the lunch time
service halt at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells,
Tom and James delivered another first and two second-fastest
times, which enabled them to maintain their lead by two
seconds at the half-way point. Following a quick check
around the car by the Spencer Sport team, they embarked
on the afternoon’s four stages and, like the weather,
the battle between them and their main rivals got even
In fact, on stage five both crews set exactly the same
time, four seconds faster than anyone else. Still with
a two-second advantage, Tom knew it would be flat to the
finish and, although he and James pushed as hard as they
could through the remaining three stages, they could not
hold off Edwards/Garrod who fought back to take the win.
But on returning to Builth Wells, unknowingly Tom and
James found that they had contravened an event regulation
due to a rare co-driver error and were consequently disqualified
from the results. Although a conclusion they and the team
would not have wished for, Tom and James were pleased
they had been able to get straight back to a front-running
pace. The team were also happy that the stage times clearly
proved the Mitsubishi Mirage was a match for any other
R5 class car.
“Whilst the final outcome was of course, not what
we had wanted, rallying is a complicated sport with lots
of rules and regulations, so these things can and do happen”,
said Tom at the finish.
“It was great to be back in an R5 specification
car alongside James who did his usual great job on the
notes. And to be straight back on the pace right from
the start was very reassuring to us both.
“The Mirage has really progressed into a competitive
car and the stage times prove it. It’s great to
drive and I hope I have the opportunity to enter another
event with it soon.
“I have to thank everyone involved who made this
event happen for us: Spencer Sport, Spencer ECA, DMACK
Tyres, Nicky Grist Motorsport, Walero Racewear, Atech
Racing and the team’s sponsors: Oil for Wales, Speedline
Wheels, Motul Lubricants and Sea & Slate.”
Further news about Tom’s next event will be announced
PRESS RELEASE: 8th May 2018
Indri, Hopkins and Jukes in three-car Spencer
Sport Mitsubishi Mirage R5 assault on Manx National Rally
Spencer Sport will enter a three-car Mitsubishi Mirage
R5 team on the Bet On Aces Manx National Rally (May 11-12),
driven by John Indri, Philip Hopkins and Jamie Jukes.
The Penrhiwllan-based team, who currently lead the MSA
British Rallycross Championship with its Mitsubishi Mirage
RX Supercar, will be aiming for a good performance on
round two of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship
to showcase the powerful Mirage R5’s speed, superb
handling and impressive overall performance on Tarmac.
The challenging Isle of Man stages are a particular favourite
of the West Wales squad, with many great results and happy
memories of competing on the island - memories which date
back to the late 1980s, when the now Spencer Sport team
manager Charlie Jukes first visited the island to work
as a rally mechanic for Phil Collins. He has returned
many times since, always staying in the Welbeck Hotel
Indri will return to his favourite, and most successful,
yellow livery as he makes his Mirage R5 debut on the Manx
National. The Colchester driver has contested seven rallies
on the Isle of Man, with eighth overall in 2013 in a Darrian
T90 GTR his best result. He has tested the car once, in
“monsoon conditions” at a very wet Welsh Motorsports
Centre at Pembrey, and will test the car again prior to
the event. Indri will be co-driven on the Isle of Man
by Mathew Smalley and will have additional support from
Adrian Flux Insurance and Steve Harkness Tyres.
This will be Hopkins’ fourth appearance on the
Isle of Man, the highlights of which are finishing 18th
overall on his closed-road rally debut in 2016 in a Mitsubishi
Evo VI and 9th overall in 2017 on his first event in a
Mirage R5. The Bristol-based driver will be co-driven
by Aled Edwards; the pair contested the Tour of Epynt
together and whilst it was Hopkins’ only second
time on Epynt, they were running eighth overall before
a slow first gear excursion in heavy rain on the final
stage robbed them of a great result.
Few drivers enjoy rallying on the Isle of Man more then
Jukes, and he’ll contest the event in a new Mirage
R5. Co-driven by James Morgan, the Llandysul pilot was
running comfortably inside the top 10 last time out on
the Tour of Epynt, and will be out to showcase the car’s
capabilities once again.
John Indri said: “I haven’t done many rallies
over the last eighteen months, so I’m looking forward
to going back to the Isle of Man. I’ve done the
Manx National many times and it’s been a bit of
a disaster every time, particularly in my blue Subaru
Impreza S11 WRC and white Fiesta R5 - which, having enjoyed
more success in a yellow Metro 6R4 and Darrian T90, is
why the Mirage R5 will be in full yellow livery! The handling
of the Mitsubishi Mirage R5 is fantastic, so I think it
will work very well over the jumps and bumps, and the
five-speed gearbox is one of the best I’ve ever
come across. We’re very competitive and want to
win, but we’re also going to the Manx to have some
fun and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Philip Hopkins said: “This will be my fourth rally
on the Isle of Man. We did the Manx for the first time
in 2016, which was my first non-single venue rally. We
were seeded at number sixty-seven and finished eighteenth
overall after setting seven top ten stage times. Last
year’s Manx was my first rally in the Mirage R5
and were sixth for much of it before eventually finishing
ninth. We then did the Rally Isle of Man National and
crashed on stage four. The Mirage ran faultlessly on the
Tour of Epynt, we were eighth overall when we had a first
gear excursion in the pouring rain on the final stage,
so I’d be happy to finish anywhere between fifth
and tenth on the Manx National this year.”
Jamie Jukes said: “I’m looking forward to
taking a brand new Mitsubishi Mirage R5 to the Manx National
as part of a three car Spencer Sport team. There will
be a quite a bit of friendly inter-team rivalry to see
who will come out on top, but the important thing for
me will be to reach the finish and highlight what a truly
competitive and cost-effective package the Mirage R5 is.
We’ve had some very good runs on the Isle of Man
in the past - the stages offer a good challenge and it’s
always a big adventure, and the start of the first stage
can’t come soon enough.”
Charlie Jukes, Spencer Sport team manager, said: “We’re
proud and excited to be running three R5-spec Mitsubishi
Mirages for the first time, in what will be a comprehensive
Spencer Sport team attack on the Manx National Rally.
It’s great to welcome John Indri into the team and
to return to the Isle of Man with Philip and Jamie, both
of whom love rallying on the island and who have gone
very well there in the past. We’re aiming for another
strong performance and to once again showcase the Mirage
R5’s exceptional capabilities on asphalt.”
Based at the famous TT Grandstand, the Manx Auto Sport-organised
Bet on Aces Manx National Rally contains 130 stage miles
over 16 special stages. Leg 1 begins late on the Friday
afternoon and runs past midnight, giving the added challenge
of night stages, and contains four separate stages ran
twice. The event continues on Saturday with another four
stages ran twice, including Parville which, at 12.86 miles,
in the longest stage of the event.
Spencer Sport would to thank its partners for their support:
Spencer ECA, Oil 4 Wales, Nicky Grist Motorsports,
PIAA UK, Speedline Corse UK, Atech Racing, Motul,
Hopkins Specialist Race Trailers,Sea & Slate Holiday
Cottages and Ryley Wealth Management.
PRESS RELEASE: 19 March 2018
Maximum points from British Rallycross Championship
opening round endorses competitiveness of Spencer Sport
Spencer Sport’s Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar competitively
for the first time on Saturday, five-times British Rallycross
Champion Julian Godfrey scored maximum points in this
year’s opening round at Silverstone. It was a performance
that also claimed fourth place overall, an impressive
result considering the top three places were occupied
by a trio of World Rallycross stars.
The first round of this year’s Toyo Tires MSA British
Rallycross Championship marked a significant occasion
in the sport, as it was the very first competitive event
to ever take place at Silverstone’s new purpose
built track that was commissioned last year. Whilst Friday’s
temperatures were well into double figures, the near freezing
conditions on Saturday were to make the loose surface
sections of the track extremely slippery, with grip and
visibility somewhat of a lottery.
To launch the championship and the new venue with a bang,
organisers had invited three of the world’s leading
stars to join the British regulars. They included nine-times
World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb in a Peugeot together
with WRX front-runners Timmy Hansen, also in a Peugeot
and Andreas Bakkerud in an Audi.
For the Spencer Sport Mirage and Godfrey, third in the
first Qualifying Heat after suffering visibility issues
from the mud thrown up by other cars was a satisfactory
first-ever competitive outing in the car. This was followed
by an excellent run in the second Heat, with Godfrey leading
from the start and only passed by three-times British
Rally Champion Mark Higgins towards the end of the session.
The start of the third Qualifying Heat was somewhat frantic,
with Godfrey pushed into a spin on the first corner. The
session was red-flagged and shortly after the restart
Godfrey was in the thick of it again, this time having
to stop when another car hit the Mirage, causing the front
bodywork to move and shut off the electrical cut-off switch.
The session was restarted for a third time and the result
of the earlier contact caused the switch to activate when
landing after a jump. However, Godfrey was now aware of
what had caused the loss of electrics and was able to
restore the power. His swift actions allowed him to finish
seventh fastest and consequently, go through to the Semi
Finals where he was able to keep out of trouble, end the
race in third place and line up as the sixth-fastest qualifier
in the Supercar Final.
With the trio of WRX drivers occupying the front row,
Godfrey knew it would be difficult to penetrate the podium
positions - but that didn’t stop him from trying.
When the lights went green he launched the Mirage perfectly
off the line - the Mitsubishi gathering pace so rapidly
he almost went into the back of pole-sitter Loeb as they
headed towards the first corner! At that point Godfrey
was up to third, but later in the lap he was passed by
Now in fourth and leading the British RX field, Godfrey
opted not to challenge for an overall podium placing,
but to consolidate his position and thereby claim maximum
British Championship points. His plan worked perfectly
and he crossed the line to give the Spencer Sport Mirage
RX its first British Championship victory and clearly
demonstrate the competitiveness of the Mitsubishi, not
just against the UK’s top teams, but also some of
the best Rallycross drivers and cars in the world.
"I'm very happy with the result. I was extremely
impressed with the performance of the Mirage and that
we had the opportunity to show what its capable of doing.
It’s a great handling car and is fantastic off the
start-line - and that’s exactly what you want in
Rallycross”, said Godfrey at the finish.
“If I hadn't been hit by other drivers in the Qualifying
Heats, then everything would have gone according to plan.
Other than that the Mirage ran perfectly and, with a few
adjustments to the set up, I know there's even more to
Support for Spencer Sport’s Rallycross campaign
comes from Spencer ECA, Motul, Oil 4 Wales, Speedline
Corse, PIAA, Hopkins Motorsport Specialist
Race Trailers, Julian Godfrey Engineering and Sea &
Slate Holiday Cottages.
PRESS RELEASE: 1 January 2018
Jamie gets back into his Spencer Sport stride
Having broken his neck just 15 weeks before in a rally
accident, Jamie Jukes made a triumphant return to the
sport on the West Wales Rally Spares JAFFA Stages, finishing
second in the latest-spec Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage
R5, which was equipped with an impressive new engine upgrade.
Back in September, Jamie (from Penrhiwllan, near Llandysul)
and co-driver Dave Williams were lying 3rd in class and
9th overall towards the end of the Rally Isle of Man when
a mistake saw their Spencer ECA / Oil4Wales Mitsubishi
Mirage R5 somersault off the road and so far down a hill
that the Douglas Coastguard was involved in their rescue.
It was only the incredible strength of the modern Mirage
that saved them from worse injuries, although both were
hospitalised with broken bones and bruises.
Yet Jamie – a former national hunt jockey with
over 350 winners and several national titles to his name
– was straight back into his stride at Pembrey recently,
leading the event before settling for a safe second.
“Last year consisted of several fantastic rallies,
in which we were very competitive in the Mitsubishi Mirage
– even setting top four fastest times amongst the
very best of the British Rally Championship guys on the
Isle of Man,” says Jamie. “Unfortunately,
that event ended in a fairly major shunt, in which I broke
my neck and was hospitalised for nine days. I made a mistake
towards the end of the rally and it was such a shame not
to reach the finish line after such a good performance.
“To get back into the Mirage R5 and do a fun local
event down at Pembrey before the year was out was absolutely
ideal. We drove well within our comfort zone and reaching
the finish in one piece was the number one priority. It
proves the quality of the Mirage R5 that we actually led
the rally early on and finished second, without, in all
honesty, pushing hard at all.
“This year the Spencer Sport team is considering
further promotion of the Mirage R5 by entering a customer
team in the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. We’re
also keen to do more gravel rallies as well, as the Mirage
is just as competitive on the loose surface as it is on