Q&A WITH RALLYDAY ORGANISER, TOM DAVIS

Tom Davis (centre) pictured at 2017's Rallyday event

We spent five minutes with the man behind Castle Combe Circuit’s Rallyday event, Tom Davis, where he revealed more about what we can expect about this year’s instalment, set to be held on 21 September…

 

How’s Rallyday coming together?

Very well. I think we’re probably looking at the most impressive list of cars we’ve ever had this time around. Every generation is represented, from Roger Clark in the sixties all the way up to the cars being used in the World Rally Championship today.

Have you got many Group B cars coming along this year?

We have. Group B’s always a really big deal for us and this year we’ve put together a mouthwatering array of machinery for fans. We’ll have Lancia Delta S4s, Ford RS200s, Audi Quattros and, of course, we’re reuniting Jimmy McRae with the MG Metro 6R4 he drove in the 1986 season. That Rothmans-backed Prodrive car is a thing of real beauty.

Is that a personal favourite?

I remember painting it at primary school, so the chance to compare my artwork with the real thing’s an opportunity not to be missed!

What else should we look out for this year?

The Rally Legends stage is new for 2019. The RAC Rally visited Castle Combe Circuit in 1983 and the Rally Legends stage will use the same roads from that very test 36 years ago. We’re still working on the precise timetable for the day, but it’s likely this stage will run for an hour or 90 minutes around lunchtime. Honestly, it’s going to be unmissable. The chance to see guys like Didier [Auriol], Miki [Biasion], the McRaes or Craig Breen driving some of the most amazing cars in the history of our sport is sure to make for an incredible spectacle. 

What about the clubmen?

The clubmen are the absolute backbone of Rallyday and it wouldn’t be possible to run without them. Anybody who’s got a rally car and wants to bring it along for the day is very, very welcome and, of course, Rallyday is one of those rare opportunities in the year where drivers can offer their friends or sponsors a ride alongside them. All the details – including early bird tickets priced at £18 instead of £25 – are available from rallyday.com. 

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  • Article first published in Motorsport News.
  • Rallyday – the country’s largest rally-focused event – descends on Castle Combe Circuit on 21 September.
  • Advanced tickets are available now from as little as £18. Simply head over to www.rallyday.com to book.

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