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Age: 26 Lives: Mal­ton, York­shire BHRC ris­ing star

He started on two wheels

“I started do­ing mo­tor­bike tri­als at the age of 13 and pro­gressed to the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship but badly in­jured my knee in 2014. That put me out for 18 months. I com­peted in tri­als with Roy Jarvis and he had al­ready been build­ing a nice Ford Es­cort. He used to take me to tri­als when I was young as my dad was busy with the milk­ing herd on the farm.”

The ral­ly­ing started in 2015

“Roy said if I gave him a hand to build the Es­cort, I could drive it. His busi­ness is Ral­loy En­gi­neer­ing and he’s based near Mal­ton. We did one lo­cal event in 2013 in a bor­rowed car but our first proper event when we got the car fin­ished was the Scot­tish Rally last sum­mer.”

He was im­me­di­ately on the pace

“We were seeded 42 and we thought that was too high, but we fin­ished 28th in a 1600cc car. We both wanted to do more and did the Track­rod in Septem­ber. This year we’re do­ing the Bri­tish His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship and we’ve been to Wales for the first time. Wales is ab­so­lutely awe­some, the roads are so twisty and I love it be­cause it puts us on more of a level play­ing field with the two-litre cars.”

His speed stunned

“It was slip­pery on Rally North Wales and we were sec­ond fastest his­toric on the first stage. It was muddy, slippy and foggy and we could just keep up with them. Last week­end was my first rally in Kielder. I thought I’d be quick but I didn’t think I’d be this quick. Do­ing the mo­tor­bike trails is all about throt­tle con­trol and bal­ance and I do think it con­verts to the car. It’s all about find­ing grip. We’ll do some more but the Sev­ern Val­ley clashes with a mo­tor­bike trial and Roy’s not keen on Epynt be­cause he doesn’t trust me on as­phalt. But we hope to do the Isle of Man, so that should be a big ex­pe­ri­ence. We’ll def­i­nitely do the Track­rod.”

He wants to progress

“I started out want­ing to fin­ish in the top 30 of a rally and it’s es­ca­lated to want­ing to fin­ish in the top five over­all of the BHRC. Then I’ll just see where it goes. But we go ral­ly­ing on a tight bud­get and I do all the work on the car with Roy and if I bend it, I have to fix it.”

Mil­ner: started in bikes

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