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Rallying Stars


Meet Rallyday's 2018 Stars!

 

JIMMY MCRAE

One of the sport's most unassuming greats, you'd be hard pushed to guess that Jimmy McRae is the single most successful driver in British Rally Championship history, his haul of 5 titles marking him out as one of the UK's all time motorsport greats. Not only can Jimmy claim to be the 'winningest' driver in the championship's long and storied history, he achieved said wins at the wheel of wildly different cars, nabbing his first in 1981 in a Group 4 Ascona 400 and his last a full 7 years later, this time driving a Group A Sierra Cosworth.

 

 

RUSSELL BROOKES

The yin to Jimmy McRae's yang, Russell Brookes spent much of the '70s - '80s as England's foremost rally driver, battling hard against some of the drivers the World Rally Championship could muster – and often winning. A name which will forever be linked with Andrews Heat for Hire's yellow, blue and red, Brookes amassed an impressive haul of British Rally Championship victories and became a household name in the process. We can't wait to see this unsung English rally legend once again doing his stuff at Rallyday 2018.

 

 

NICKY GRIST

Nicky Grist occupies a very special place within British motorsport, not least as he's the UK's most successful co-driver. Grist's career saw him fight at the very top of the rallying world (and in one of the sport's most competitive eras), his dulcet tones provided the background to a generation of video game fans, and he's since become a household name, a much loved and revered part of the British motorsport landscape. This is why it’s fantastic to be welcoming him back to Rallyday 2018!

 

MIKI BIASION

The Italian star, who won both of his drivers’ titles with Lancia, will drive one of the Turin manufacturer’s finest ever rally cars: the Super Delta HF Integrale at this year's Rallyday.

Miki, who secured the first of his championships 30 years ago in 1988, said his attendance at Europe’s biggest one-day rally show would form part of his celebrations. 

“I have to celebrate 30 years on from that first championship,” he said. “And it’s really nice to be coming to Rallyday for the first time in this year. I always love to drive the Delta rally car again. 

 

RYAN CHAMPION

Attending with his former Mitsubishi British Rally Championship Car, Ryan has been involved in the world of rallying for many years and still competes in events around the world. He was fortunate enough to be able to purchase his ex-British Rally Championship car and will be showcasing it at Rallyday this year. 

As well as behind the wheel, Champion is known for his TV and radio roles for the Wales Rally as well. So we are delighted to say that he will be also be joining us in our commentary team this year as well as taking his car around the track. 

 

 

TOM CAVE

At 26 years old Tom, from Aberdovey in North Wales, is currently the UK’s top rally driver who is yet to be signed with a works team.  He has ten years’ experience and a multitude of national and international successes behind him and is therefore poised to move up to professional level.

Tom’s journey began at just 13 years old, when he got behind the wheel of a rally car for a first time at a local rally school. Plans were then put into place to compete as soon as he was old enough. This led to a series of events in Latvia in 2007 and 2008, due to the country allowing 15 year olds to drive on rallies.

 

STUART TURNER

Stuart co-drove in factory cars for Austin Healey, Auto Union, Alfa Romeo, MG , Mercedes, Saab and Triumph and competed on major events like the Mille Miglia and the Monte Carlo, Alpine, Liege and Tulip rallies. He was champion navigator for the first two years of the British Rally Championship and  won  the 1960 RAC Rally with Erik Carlsson in a Saab.

Stuart will be coming back to Rallyday 2018 to talk about his Rallying Career, be sure to catch him on the interview stage!

ELFYN EVANS

The superstar Welshman, always among the most popular drivers at the Castle Combe event, is looking forward to being back among the Rallyday regulars once again on September 22.
Elfyn, 29, said: “September wouldn’t be September without Rallyday. This is a day for the real rally fans and I like that. 
“I like the fact that you go in there and see so many different cars from so many different eras in the sport. And it’s the perfect place to meet up with old friends and familiar faces; we come to Rally GB every year and there’s never enough time to say hello to everybody. Rallyday’s great for that.”

DAVID BOGIE

Champion of his domestic series – the Scottish Rally – for a record-breaking five consecutive years (2009-2013) and also the first Scot to hold both the Scottish and British Rally trophies at the same time (2011), David Bogie continues to be a force to be reckoned with to this day, sitting in second place in the 2018 BRC as you read this.

Bogie and his co-driver, Kevin Rae, took to the BRC head-first in 2016 and ’17, piloting his Skoda Fabia R5 to a seventh-place finish in the first year, and eighth in the latter. Destined for some silverware in 2018’s series, it’s great to have Bogie along whilst he’s clearly at the top of his game. 

 

DAVID LLEWELLIN

Another big name from BRC, Llewellin was champion of the series in both 1989 and 1990. The Welshman will bring with him a wealth of fascinating stories from his time in the sport when he’s interviewed up on the event’s stage, and will also be taking some competitive machinery out onto the circuit for demonstrations, too.