Word to the Wise

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Surely Mal­colm Wise, who com­petes in the BARC Mod­i­fied Saloon Car Cham­pi­onship, was well wor­thy of in­clu­sion in last week’s Na­tional Rac­ing’s Top Un­der­dogs fea­ture ( Mo­tor­sport News, Jan­uary 2, 2019).

He drives a 20-year-old 525bhp Ford Es­cort Cos­worth but is usu­ally beaten by Rod Bir­ley in his Wrc-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Es­cort.

De­spite be­ing un­able to match the very high level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Bir­ley’s squad, he has nev­er­the­less notched up five class wins and has been the only other driver in this se­ries to con­sis­tently fin­ish within a cou­ple of sec­onds be­hind Bir­ley’s usu­ally win­ning car.

And on one mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion, at the cham­pi­onship’s fifth round at Brands Hatch Indy last year, he scored his only over­all win of the sea­son – whilst Bir­ley limped across the line in a lowly eighth place.

This hard-try­ing En­field based racer, who is chair­man of the Green Belt Mo­tor Club, does most of his own car prepa­ra­tion. He builds his en­gines at Dave Wild’s DTW En­gines work­shops in Har­low and ben­e­fits from race day as­sis­tance from oc­ca­sional Ford Sap­phire Cos­worth racer Nigel Hut­ton.

With this valu­able help he fin­ished in third place over­all, and se­cond in class, in last year’s cham­pi­onship. Robert Tay­lor Via email

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