DOWN THE PUB

WITH BARRY STEVEN­SON-WHEELER

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

Age: 44 Lives: Le­ices­ter BHRC con­tender

He fol­lowed his dad into the sport “My dad Dave ral­lied back in the late 1970s and early 1980s and he used to take me to watch ral­lies and so I was hooked. As soon as I passed my driv­ing test I bought my first Ford Es­cort Mk1, but that was a project I never fin­ished. Then I bought a Mk2 and I’ve had Mk2s ever since.”

He did some co-driv­ing “I’ve ral­lied on and off and when I was younger I couldn’t af­ford to do much. I did quite a lot of co-driv­ing back in the 1990s and we did the East Mid­lands cham­pi­onships.”

He re­turned to driv­ing “I’d been look­ing af­ter my old car for about 10 years for the pre­vi­ous two own­ers and the guy said he was go­ing to sell. I’d looked af­ter it for all that time and I thought could prob­a­bly just af­ford to own it, so I bought it. I ral­lied that car from 2005 un­til the end of last year. We had a few ups and downs and had a lot of good times with the old car.”

He switched to his­torics “For the last two years we did the R.A.C. Cham­pi­onship, which was fan­tas­tic. They’re good events with a good pace and the lads have en­joyed it as well. Then the op­por­tu­nity was there to step up to a full his­toric car and have a go at the BHRC. Ev­ery­thing on the car was new and the Red Kite was its first event.”

There is a busy sched­ule “Even though it’s an Es­cort, there is a lot to learn over the old car. We didn’t go too mad on the Red Kite and tried to get a feel for the car. We’ve got quite a big year planned as we’re do­ing both the BHRC and the R.A.C His­toric As­phalt Cham­pi­onship. We’re aim­ing to do Sala­man­dre in Bel­gium and the Pirelli Rally on back-to-back week­ends at the end of April. We’re in­tend­ing to go to the Isle of Man in Septem­ber as it’s an event I’ve al­ways wanted to do.”

A lot of peo­ple help “The three lads who al­ways help me are Greg, Steve and Jake and they help be­tween the events as well. John Pick­a­vance is more than a co-driver, he’s a good friend as well and I have to thank the team at my busi­ness, Met­ric Ser­vices, be­cause they cover things while I’m on ral­lies.”

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