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DOWN THE WITH NEIL WIL­LIAMS

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He’s been ral­ly­ing for over 20 years “I started do­ing road ral­lies in 1992 and won a cou­ple of events and then moved on to sin­gle-venue stage ral­lies. I started do­ing Ir­ish events in 2005 and did that for seven or eight years, with some good re­sults in a mod­i­fied Ford Es­cort.”

It’s a fam­ily af­fair “My dad Cor­bett has al­ways ral­lied and he’s still do­ing events in a Mk2 Es­cort with a Milling­ton en­gine. That’s where the bug has come from for me. I had a mod­i­fied Es­cort with all the giz­mos and se­quen­tial ’box and it was a fan­tas­tic bit of kit to drive but the goal­posts were al­ways mov­ing on.”

His­torics ap­pealed “I wanted to stay with Es­corts and in his­torics you’ve got one goal and the play­ing field is pretty much level. We started do­ing his­torics from 2011 and 2012 on­wards. It’s been get­ting bet­ter and we’re now get­ting to a rea­son­able pace up against the top his­toric boys.”

He’s still new to gravel “Asphalt is where my first love is re­ally, and we’ve only been on gravel since the end of 2012. So we’ve prob­a­bly only done 10 gravel ral­lies in to­tal. I’m re­ally en­joy­ing the chal­lenge of do­ing gravel. I like to set my­self a chal­lenge and gravel is very chal­leng­ing for an asphalt driver.”

Thewelsh ti­tle is a prime aim “This year we’ve reg­is­tered for the Welsh His­toric Cham­pi­onship, which is vir­tu­ally all asphalt, and we’re do­ing some British His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship rounds as well. The Welsh ties in bet­ter for me as it’s a fam­ily busi­ness and we’ve got to be there most of the time. Ral­ly­ing more than two or three hours from home is dif­fi­cult.”

He is mov­ing for­ward “My ul­ti­mate aim would be to fin­ish top three in the his­torics. Top 10 is where I like to be most of the time now on gravel. On his­toric asphalt events we’re there to win and hope­fully be as quick as any­one. I’d like to do some of the big­ger events and maybe go to Bel­gium for some his­toric events. We run a 4x4 busi­ness, sell­ing new and used ve­hi­cles. I watch a bit of rugby but I don’t play any­more. But motorsport is the big thing.”

Wil­liams: his­toric ef­fort

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