RAC Rally Championship 2014

Baz Wheeler from Syston has been competing up and down the country in the RAC Rally Championship, Co-driven by John Pickavance from Bingham the crew finished second overall in the Open Category for cars registered before 1985 having battled with a variety of machinery including Opel Manta’s, Toyota Starlets, Sunbeams and a host of Ford Escorts. The cars are mainly historic specification adding to the nostalgia and atmosphere of the championship which is one of the most popular nationally.
The rallies are held on some of the best and most famous forest stages in the UK from South Wales up to Northumberland, Yorkshire and Carlisle.
The crew had a successful year contesting all the rounds, finishing in the top two in class on most with only one retirement after breaking off a rear wheel in Mid Wales, apart from that the car has run faultlessly – a testament to the lads who help prepare and look after the car said Baz.
The final round saw them take an outright category victory on the Trackrod Rally in Yorkshire after a tough rally which started in the dark on Friday night, before tackling some of the fastest stages in the championship. This sealed second place just behind the Opel Manta of Brothers Simon and Alister Crook in an Opel Manta.
Baz and John, both members of Loughborough Car Club, would like to say thank you to everyone for their continued support, especially S&L motors Accident Repairs, Metric Services Electrical & Mechanical Contractors, Steve, Gregg and Jake for their sterling efforts maintaining the car, obviously not forgetting our wives and families for allowing us to compete in this fantastic sport.
The crew now plan to contest one of the toughest rallies in the country, The Roger Albert Clark Rally; Held over three days on the last weekend of November, taking in some of the hardest stages in Kielder forest reminiscent of the original Lombard RAC Rally. Then it will be overhaul of the car ready for next season and another attack on the championship which will be running alongside the British Historic Championship.
You can follow the rallies on Motors TV (channel 71 on freeview), RAC Rally Championship TV Channel on You Tube, or website www.racrallychamp.org