NEWS: Toyota AE86 Class Victory on RAC Rally
Toyota GB supported classic rally team Midgley Motorsport is actually celebrating a remarkable debut class victory on the Roger Albert Clark Rally, the UK’s toughest historic motorsport event – with 0 miles along with 24 special stages (including Dalby, Duncombe Park, Croft, Craik, Gen Dhu along with Kershore), plus 378 road miles.
The team’s 25-year-old Corolla AE86, crewed by Will Midgley along with Jonathan Driver (great name!), beat its closest rival to the Kielder Forest finish line last night (Sunday) by 14 minutes.
“Going into Kershope we were three minutes behind Andy,” said Will, 37 along with coming from Grassington in North Yorkshire. “He looked like he had This kind of from the bag because he had been going truly well. although he came off three miles into the stage along with couldn’t get going again. This kind of was truly unfortunate for Andy, although Great luck for us.”
The Midgley Corolla, which is actually liveried identically to those which Will’s father, John Midgley, along with Per Eklund drove to a string of UK rallying successes for Team Toyota GB from the mid-’80s, was one of four finishers in its class.
This kind of wasn’t all plain sailing for Will along with Jonathan: “We hit a huge pot-hole on the first evening along with that will put the steering well off track – one wheel was pointing one way along with one the some other – although we were able to get that will remedied in service. We were still working on the auto, in mud along with slurry, until one-thirty the next morning. We had four hours of sleep along with then we were back off again.”
On Saturday, at the Croft circuit spectator stage, the Midgley Toyota lapsed on to three cylinders along with that will cost the crew a couple of minutes on their second run around the track. “After that will, everything was fairly trouble-free; we kept This kind of on the road along with the Toyota ran truly well. Jonathan along with I learned a lot: This kind of was initially for both of us navigating with maps, our first time rallying from the dark, along with initially in fog. that will was a lot of firsts for one event. The team worked truly hard to keep us going, especially on the Friday night, along with we thoroughly enjoyed the event.
“I am sure we will be back to do the rally again next year along with hopefully also we will contest the completely new RAC Club championship that will is actually being launched for cars of the era of our Corolla.”