Karter Jacques changing track after taking up rallying
Jacques Jensen, Bath’s former karting champion, is gearing up for his first rally challenge after changing motorsport disciplines.
Jensen has been racing karts with great success since 2006 and has run his own team for the past three years but has now decided to try his hand at something new.
He will make his competitive debut at this weekend’s K&R Stages Rally, being staged at Brean Leisure Park, alongside co-driver Daniel Stanton, who will also be taking part in his first rally.
The two friends met while studying for a University of Bath degree at the Wiltshire College Campus, based at Castle Combe Circuit, where they graduated in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in motorsport engineering.
It is in conjunction with Wiltshire College Motorsport that the pair will compete this weekend, driving an 1800cc MG ZR in the two-wheel drive class for cars with engines up to two litres.
Both Jensen and Stanton work for a major tyre manufacturer, as a test development driver and race tyre designer respectively, and hope the experience they have gained in those roles will help their rallying prospects.
The rally car – originally purpose-built by the MG Rover competition department just before the company’s demise – has been developed and maintained by Wiltshire College motorsport students, who will gain valuable practical experience by acting as the service crew this weekend.
Wiltshire College offers a range of motorsport engineering courses, from BTEC Level 2 and 3 to a university degree. For more information, visit www.WiltshireCollegeMotorsport.co.uk.