Steve Palmer 1957-2016

Dou­ble Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Timerzyanov joins Team Aus­tria for full World RX Cham­pi­onship as­sault

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

For­mer Bri­tish and Euro­pean ral­ly­cross racer Steve Palmer passed away last week, aged 59, af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

Palmer moved from mo­tocross to ral­ly­cross with a club­man-spec MG Metro 6R4 in the win­ter of 1987-’88 and fin­ished fourth in his first fi­nal, at Ly­d­den Hill.

He took his first win at the penul­ti­mate round of the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship at Swin­don the same year. Palmer con­tested the Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in 1989 and fin­ished fourth in the 11-round se­ries. He fin­ished se­cond in Aus­tria at the start of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in 1990, but de­cided in­stead to race at home and won the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship.

Switch­ing to a Ford Es­cort at the close of the Group B era never brought the same suc­cess.

Af­ter a break, Palmer be­gan ral­ly­ing in 1999 and con­tested var­i­ous se­ries in the UK, cul­mi­nat­ing in a workssup­ported Mit­subishi Lancer E7 Group N cam­paign in the for the 2003 AN­CRO cham­pi­onship.

He is sur­vived by his father Gerry, wife Karen and sons Craig and David. Two-time Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Timur Timerzyanov and 2015 Euro RX Su­per1600 cham­pion Ja­nis Bau­ma­nis will race Ford Fi­es­tas for World RX Team Aus­tria in the 2016 FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship.

Team owner and driver Max Pucher will race a third car for the team at se­lected World RX events and in the five-round Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship.

Timerzyanov won the Euro RX se­ries in 2012 and 2013, but hasn’t won an event since Fin­land in 2012. The Rus­sian raced for Team Peu­geotHansen and Ford Ols­bergs MSE in 2014 and 2015 re­spec­tively with lim­ited suc­cess, but be­lieves the Aus­trian squad is a good choice for 2016.

“I made a con­scious de­ci­sion to join a great team with an amaz­ing car [for 2016],” said Timerzyanov. “The level of the cham­pi­onship is grow­ing, in­clud­ing team and car de­vel­op­ment, plus more fan­tas­tic driv­ers are join­ing all the time. I’m re­ally happy to be a full-time mem­ber in such a dy­namic team. I’m just wait­ing for the light to go green.”

Last year’s driver Man­fred Stohl re­mains with the team in an en­gi­neer­ing ca­pac­ity.

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