Motor Sport News - - Historics - Brian Lis­ter Tro­phy, below Pho­tos: LAT and Paul Lawrence

“I was ral­ly­ing back in the late 1970s and early 1980s and ral­lied for about 10 years. It was mainly at home but I came over and did a few na­tional events and I was the first Ir­ish­man to win the Gal­loway Hills in a Group 1 Es­cort in 1981.”

He com­peted in the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship “I didn’t have the money to com­pete with the na­tional guys so I did a few more events at home. I al­ways liked gravel and I found that, back in those days, you could be com­pet­i­tive on gravel with not such a good car. On as­phalt you had to have the per­fect car. I did the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship in 1986 in a Group N Toy­ota Corolla and won the class. Af­ter that I stopped ral­ly­ing and de­cided to get my head down and do some work.”

He walked away from the sport “I had not a lot of in­ter­est in ral­ly­ing over a long pe­riod. I’d no in­ter­est in Group N or WRC cars. Then the Bri­tish His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship started to ap­pear on TV and that started the bug go­ing a wee bit. A guy came into the yard one day and of­fered me a stan­dard Ford Es­cort Mk1 and that’s where it started.”

He came back in his­torics “Over two or three years the guys who ser­vice for me built it into a rally car. I made a come­back in 2013 af­ter more than 25 years away. In 2014 we were over and did the BHRC and we had a re­ally good year and got friendly with David Stokes. That’s part of the rea­son that Guy Weaver, David’s co-driver, is with me now. I spoke to David about it and it was with his bless­ing.”

He’s plan­ning a BHRC cam­paign “I didn’t do a lot last year be­cause we had quite a big ac­ci­dent on the Cir­cuit of Ire­land. Af­ter 2014 I couldn’t have done an­other full year and the car needed to be re­built. But I al­ways wanted to come back to the BHRC. Guy’s got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and knows where he is go­ing. If all goes to plan we’ll do the full sea­son. The ho­tels are booked for them all!”

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