DOWN THE PUB

Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH GUY WOOD­COCK

Age: 54 Lives: Mold, N Wales Isle of Man con­tender

He’s a con­tender for the Isle of Man his­toric “I did my first event there in about 1982 or 1983 and I think I’ve done an event there every year since. I got in­volved in the 1990s when John Skin­ner was clerk of the course of the na­tional event. He wanted com­peti­tor in­put and I was deputy clerk of the course for five years af­ter that.”

It is his favourite rally “I think it’s a great place to go ral­ly­ing and it’s the event I al­ways look for­ward to. If I had a choice of two events a year, it would be the Isle of Man and the Roger Al­bert Clark. I build my sea­son around the Isle of Man and it’s the first event to go on the cal­en­dar. I’m very ex­cited about it.”

He re­tired late in 2015 “We used the new car, the BDG-en­gined Es­cort Mk2 for the first time last year. We won the first part of the BHRC dou­ble-header af­ter a big bat­tle with Meirion Evans. Un­for­tu­nately, I man­aged to rip the Pan­hard rod tower out of it and it had bro­ken again for the last stage. We were 37s up on Will Onions go­ing into the last stage and he passed us with the prop­shaft rolling down the road. That was four and a half miles from the fin­ish. The year be­fore, we put the Es­cort Pinto on its roof about a mile from the fin­ish. I’ve not fin­ished the Isle of Man for the last two years, so I’ve got to put that right this year.”

He has a new co-driver “I’ve never done the Sloc stage be­fore and I’ve got a new nav­i­ga­tor this year in Richard Skin­ner, who lives on the is­land. We’ve not done an event to­gether, but he’s done a lot of ral­lies there. He’s do­ing the recce with Mark Hig­gins be­cause Mark’s co-driver can’t be there.”

To­day is pace note day “We’ll do one of two runs through the stages to­day and to­mor­row and there are al­ways things you change in the notes. The roads do change and a bump will ap­pear and I know there has been some resur­fac­ing done re­cently.”

He’s tip­ping Ryan Bar­rett “There are lots of quick peo­ple in the his­torics and I think Ryan Bar­rett will be the one to beat. His brother Paul will be quick but I’m not sure if the Pinto will quite have the power.”

Isle of Man man Wood­cock

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