A LOUTH businessman is supporting a rally driver.
Tim Perks is continuing his support, which he started last year, for Cumbrian rally driver Richard Barnard and the RABrallyesport team.
Tim, who runs dangerous goods training courses throughout the country from his Louth base, provided sponsorship late last year for Richard in his quest for the North Western Junior Rally Drivers Championship – a championship he went on to win.
When Tim was approached to be a team sponsor for 2012 he readily agreed.
He said: “I hope I can continue to support Richard as he looks to climb the rallying ladder and achieve even more than he did in 2011. It’s great to be associated with a winning team.”
The team is hoping for big things this year. A new rally car has been purchased, a Subaru Impreza, hopefully allowing Richard to achieve even better results than last year.
The car, an Impreza N8, was built in Ireland by McKinstry Motorsport, but more recently was run by a Borders-based rally team in Duns.
After a test day in Cumbria the team will head for their first event of the year, the Chris Kelly Memorial Rally on the Isle of Man on February 17 and 18, with Tim Perks, Dangerous Goods Training proudly displayed on their rally car and support vehicle.
The rest of the programme in 2012 for the Cumbrian team will be used as a stepping stone to Richard competing on the British Asphalt Rally Championship in 2013.