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DOWN THE WITH BARRY SIME

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He did well in kart­ing “I did a few years of kart­ing and won the Scot­tish cham­pi­onship a few times and was a fron­trun­ner in the Bri­tish Su­per 1 Cham­pi­onship. In 1996 I did the Slick 50 For­mula Ford test day at Sil­ver­stone and Paul Ste­wart was very help­ful to me in find­ing some bud­get.”

He got as far as For­mula Re­nault “We did some For­mula Ford and then the XR2 Cham­pi­onship in 1999, then back to For­mula Ford with Team JLR. I tried to make the tran­si­tion to For­mula Re­nault but money was al­ways a chal­lenge. At the same time, my dad and I worked with Team Firstair in the Clio cham­pi­onship. Then we set up shop as a Clio team and did that for a few years. But I had to take a step back from rac­ing.”

They re­stored the Mini “Since then we’ve been in­volved in Ginet­tas and I do a lot of in­struct­ing at Croft. But we had the Mini un­der a tar­pau­lin at the back of the garage. It was last raced in 1970 and about three years ago we started re­build­ing it to FIA his­toric spec­i­fi­ca­tion.”

“We both got our li­cences back again and this is our de­but year with the Mini and we’ve done four events so far. It has been great and we’ve done U2TC, the Mini Fes­ti­val and His­toric Rac­ing Saloons. We’ve been there or there­abouts and we both won the class at Croft with the HSCC.”

They hope to race in Europe “We’ll do more next year and the choice to build an FIA car so we can race in Europe. There is a bit more time, money and ef­fort in­volved, but we’d like to do some Euro­pean races. An in­vi­ta­tion to Good­wood would be amaz­ing if it came and I’m sure we could find a fast Scot­tish co-driver!”

Smi­ley Sime: His­toric fun

It has gone well this year

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