CHAMPION BACK TO THE TRACKROD
Yorkshire man gets an Evo, 10 years after winning the event
Ryan Champion will return to the scene of his 2006 Trackrod victory 10 years on when he competes on the event next month in a World Rally Car.
Champion will steer one of only two Mitsubishi Lancer WRC04S left in existence on the event, and will be co-driven by Allan Harryman.
“I think the car can be competitive but as for how quick I get on the pace, I don’t know,” said Champion. “We’ll have a brief shakedown with it on Friday. Hopefully we won’t be too far away.”
Champion competed on the event two years ago in a Tuthill Porsche 911 in the historic section, but his best moment came on the event in 2006 when it was an international rally and a round of the British Rally Championship. He was competing in a Mitsubishi Lancer E9.
“We had to win it at the time to keep any hope of the championship alive,” added Champion. “If Mark Higgins finished second then he’d win the title anyway, which he did. It’s definitely nice to win your local international rally as it was at the time.”
Champion also won the Pirelli Carlisle Rally in 2006, finishing runner-up to Higgins in what is generally classed as one of the best BRC fields in its history.
The car will be run by Dominic Delaney, who worked with the period outfit that ran the Mitsubishis in the world championship. The team ran five drivers including Gilles Panizzi and Gigi Galli. Delaney is now looking to hire the cars out under his SVP company.
The Yorkshireman made his rally debut on the Trackrod 24 years ago, in his father’s Maestro Challenge car.
Caerwent and with the Fiesta being so nimble, the brakes as well, I think the venue will suit the Fiesta more than the Subaru [of Simpson]. We’ll see.”
Cole leads the field away as the first seed, ahead of Stone and Simpson.
Champion won Trackrod in 2006... ...He’ll drive Lancer WRC