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DOWN THE WITH MIKE TOMKINSON

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50 Lives: War­grave, Berks

BHRC Es­cort Mk2 con­tender

He was a late starter “I’ve been rally mad since I was a kid and, like many peo­ple who get hooked by the sport, I went to see the RAC Rally with my dad. But I was prob­a­bly head­ing for 40 when I thought I must have a go at it. I only re­ally wanted to go ral­ly­ing if I did it with my part­ner Shaun (pro­nounced Sharn). We en­joy it as we go away to­gether, do the rally and quite of­ten stay over for a day’s walk­ing af­ter the rally.”

They ran a Subaru WRC “The bug bit and we’ve been com­pet­ing on and off ever since. We went straight into hir­ing a Subaru and did BTRDA. We went on to a 1998 Subaru WRC and did BTRDA with that. Nei­ther of us has ever ral­lied with any­one else. Then the re­ces­sion hit and busi­ness had to come first and so we were pretty much out of ral­ly­ing for five years.”

“When we came back, I’d al­ways wanted a go in an Es­cort and if you are go­ing to rally an Es­cort, it has got to be a BDG. I feel like we are just start­ing to get to grips with it. This has been the first full sea­son and we’re build­ing some con­sis­tent pace. His­torics is such a nice crowd and we’re re­ally en­joy­ing it. Phil and Mick Squires have given us an aw­ful lot of help and en­cour­age­ment.”

Rally GB na­tional is next “We’re both 50 this year and our present to us is an en­try to the na­tional sec­tion of Wales Rally GB. I’ve wanted to do it since I was a kid, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to that. We’d never been to the Isle of Man be­fore so it was a case of get­ting some ex­pe­ri­ence and get­ting back in once piece with the car okay for the Track­rod and then Rally GB.”

More of the same in 2017 “The plan is to try and build on this year and grad­u­ally move for­wards and we’re grad­u­ally build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I run my own com­mer­cial prop­erty busi­ness in Lon­don, so that pays the bills. We’ve been to­gether for 31 years and we’ve never had a crossed word in the car. Shaun is bril­liant at do­ing what she does and it works re­ally well. I can’t imag­ine ever do­ing an event with an­other co-driver.”

Tomkinson: birth­day gift

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