Rising star Richard Barnard, 24, has received a boost to his push for success in three rally championships thanks to the backing of Britain’s Energy Coast.
Richard, from Cumbrian, already sponsored by Tim Perks, Dangerous Goods Instruction of Louth, is in the running for the Manx Junior (Under 25) Rally Championship, the Association of North West Car Clubs Junior Stage Rally Drivers Championship and the West Cumbria Motor Sports Clubs Stage Rally Drivers Championship.
He will have to compete on a surface he isn’t familiar with by entering the final round of the Manx Championship, the Dave Corris Autos Forest Rally, on November 10. This will necessitate Richard using a forest specification rally car as opposed to his own Lily & Co backed Subaru Impreza.
Richard will therefore be hiring a forest rally prepared Subaru Impreza from John Pye Motorsport in County Durham and this will incur additional expense not budgeted for by the Cumbrian based team.
Britain’s Energy Coast Cumbria, the development agency for West Cumbria has come forward with some valuable support for Richards’s attempt. The Subaru will support the Britain’s Energy Coast livery throughout the Manx rally as the West Cumbrian agency back an ambitious sportsman.