MORE WELL-KNOWN NAMES JOIN THE 2023 CASTLE COMBE RALLYDAY TEAM
Rallyday 2023 (1 July) at Castle Combe continues to take shape and, in addition to the Champion Drivers who are lining up to take part in the event, the commentary and interview team itself also has a familiar ring to it if you are a TV rally viewer.
Heading the line-up of those whose voices will be heard over the course of Rallyday is current FIA World Rally Championship presenter, Julian Porter. Following on from a career as a Rally driver – both at home and abroad – Julian’s combination of knowledge, enthusiasm and first-hand rallying experience have been the building blocks for a career behind the microphone that now spans more than 20 years.
Julian has at various times, fulfilled just about every possible presenting and interviewing role in Rallying television. From Stage-End and Service Halt reporter to press conference host to current co-presenter on all of the FIA’s live WRC coverage, Julian has been there and done it. His voice has also been heard in numerous review programs and documentaries, and he can even turn his hand to TV production.
When not out at rallies, Julian can be found as part of the Le Mans 24 Hours global TV commentary team and is a man who genuinely lives and breathes motorsport. This is the first time that he will be part of the Castle Combe Rallyday crew and the organisers are delighted to have secured his services for the event.
Also joining the team is Hollie McRae. The McRae name is the stuff of Rally legend. Her father, Colin needs no introduction to motorsport fans. The much-missed former World Rally Champion was certainly one of the most talented British Rally Drivers of all time, and Grandfather Jimmy would most certainly grace any list of all time British Rally greats. Jimmy will himself be at Rallyday and a Hollie-Jimmy interview would most certainly be “must-see!”.
“This will be my first visit to Rallyday, I have heard Gramps (Jimmy), Max and Alister talk about the event with such enthusiasm, I now have the opportunity to experience for myself,” enthuses Hollie. “The opportunity to interview and talk with members of the rallying fraternity helps me learn more about my Dad. I enjoy meeting people that knew my Dad, listening to their memories. I was young when my Dad died and so, it wasn’t until years later that I began to understand the contribution that he had made to the rallying world. I knew Colin McRae, the father, and now I am getting closer to him as a person, as a driver, from the stories I hear worldwide.”
Louise-Aitken Walker is one of the host of star drivers who will be at this year’s Rallyday, which is shaping up to be a fantastic celebration of all things rallying. With further famous names such as ex-World Champion, Stig Blomqvist and former European Rally Champion, Chris Ingram in attendance, and an incredible variety of cars set to grace the event, the interview area will be one of the hot-spots of Rallyday.
Joining Julian and Hollie for interviewing and commentating will be two men who Rallyday regulars will instantly recognise: Howard Davies and Martin Bennett.
Howard is a Rallyday regular and can actually boast a British Rally Championship title of his own, which he won in 1996, alongside Gwyndaf Evans. The former co-driver turned motorsport pundit – and now WRC presenter on S4C Ralio programme – is no stranger to the event and will, once again, be entertaining the crowds in his inimitable style.
Martin is a member of the Castle Combe Circuit commentary team and a complete enthusiast of all forms of motorsport. He has worked in various areas of the sport ranging from Drag racing, through US-style short track, Super Moto to Moto X, for the world championship, and in the UK, motorcycle road racing. Visitors to Castle Combe Action Days and car race meetings will instantly recognise his voice!
Rallyday, held at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit, has established itself as one of Europe’s premier rally car shows for over two decades. Combining white-knuckle action out on the 1.85-mile circuit, a host of stars and cars in the paddock, rally rides for visitors and a varied selection of trade stands, it’s one event that rally fans don’t want to miss.
Look out for more news on the names and faces that will be present at Rallyday, as well as further vehicles to check out during the event.
– Advanced tickets, which cost just £25 per adult, with kids accompanied by adults going for free, can be bought here: https://castlecombecircuit.co.uk/shows/rallyday/01/07/2023
– Head over to www.rallyday.com for full information.