Running through a shopping mall is an uncomfortable, awkward, and potentially dangerous thing to do. Now imagine you are running through a mall with $16,000 in your pocket, hoping that the bank you are headed for wont shut their doors for the night, leaving you stranded with a big lump of cash in one of South Adelaide’s more dodgy suburbs.
This was one of the crazy situations that I have gone through to try make my dreams a reality.
I admit I have been a tad slack, and really should have written this blog sooner. But life has been pretty hectic, and adding to that the stress and work required to adapt to living and working In a different country has been consuming, but I will try to divulge my year so far and thoughts for what’s ahead. But first of all, here’s how I got into this situation in the first place:
It all started in October last year, when I came across a link on the British Rally Championship Facebook page, to a driver application for the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team. At first I thought, “Who does this? Nobody puts out a rally driver application!” But I thought that it couldn’t hurt applying, and with the help of my girlfriend Evangeline, we put together an application video, as we thought it would be much more personal and engaging than just the paper form.
It turns out the team were very impressed with myself and what I had previously achieved in rallying in Australia, (plus the video helped a fair bit) that they invited me to come for a test drive and interview in England!
It was pretty cool that my first overseas trip was because of rallying, and even cooler that I was one of only 6 drivers selected worldwide for the Vauxhall Motorsport test. Whilst the test and interview went well, the team still required a fairly big budget from the drivers, which I was unable to come up with. However, I had had a taste, and that motivated me to do whatever it took to compete in the 2016 DMACK British Junior Rally Championship (JBRC).
At the test day with the other candidates.
Fortunately for me, the boss of the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally team, Simon Mauger, was really impressed with what he had seen of myself in the Vauxhall selection process, and offered me the opportunity to drive a Ford Fiesta R2 under his Major Motorsport banner.
If I thought life was busy before this offer, then I was soon to be proven very wrong indeed. My co-driver Steve Fisher and I had to come up with a lot of money real fast as the Vauxhall test drive was in January and the opening round of the British Rally Championship was at the end of February. For me this meant selling my Mitsubishi Evo 5 rally car which Steve and I had just won the South Australian Rally Championship in only a few months ago, as well as selling my beloved Hilux ute, and finally a trip to the bank.
So, after a hectic month of booking flights, transferring money (sometimes in a rush!), and having several farewell dinners, Evangeline, Steve and I were off to compete in our first overseas rally!
I had never seen snow before, (yes really!) but the Reconnaissance of the Mid Wales stages was about to change all of that.
Sven all loaded up and ready.
We travelled up to the rally in our newly acquired Volvo 850 Estate, now known as “Sven”, and with the Fiesta R2 in tow it was a slow trip. The next day as we travelled towards the stages, the countryside became whiter and whiter, and when we arrived at the start of recce it was a full-blown snowstorm! After mucking around throwing snow balls around and joking with our Swedish friends that it must be quite warm for them, it soon dawned on us that the rally tyres that most everyone else had fitted was a very good idea indeed. It was definitely a struggle and we got stuck a few times, but Sven survived, and both Steve and I got to experience something we would never come across back home in Australia.
My first time in snow!
Unfortunately the rally didn’t go to plan whatsoever. After as successful first test in the Fiesta at the famous Sweetlamb testing complex on Thursday, I was feeling confident for the start of the rally on Saturday night in the dark, but it wasn’t to be. The first stage was a disaster, as midway through I cut corner too much and bent the front right control arm, then trying to exit a very tight uphill hairpin the car slid into a ditch. Thanks to a huge effort from Steve for getting out and pushing, we managed to escape, but too much time had been lost. Our service crew did a great job of fixing the car and the following morning we were keen once again to get out into the forest and do what we love.
Our service crew at the Mid Wales Stages.
Our aim for the day was to learn about the car and the conditions as we were in no position to challenge for a top spot, but we never saw what was coming next. About 6 miles into Sunday’s opening stage, we were coming down into a medium left hander, with the corner unseen by a group of trees on the inside. I changed down gear and entered the corner, but as soon as I did Steve yelled “CAR OFF!!” with no prior warning I was caught completely off guard, my concentration lapsed and I had put the car off line and onto the snow. Knowing full well that I couldn’t make the corner, I decided to lock up and throw the car off instead of running the risk of hitting the already stranded car. Unfortunately for us a large stump greeted us and the force of the impact was enough to rip the sump guard off! At least we weren’t the only ones to hit trouble at that treacherous spot, but we would have been greatfull if they had put some safety triangles out or tried to warn us sooner.
A picture is worth a-thousand words.
So what a debut to rallying in the UK that was! But you have to be prepared for that in this sport, rallying can bite hard, and sometimes several times in a row.
With first rally over and Steve returning home, Evangeline and I were able to start to really settle into our new lives on the other side of the planet. We knew before we came that in order to survive we had to have jobs, and fortunately for us, we were both offered positions with the Vauxhall/Major Motorsport team. Based in Bicester Oxfordshire, the team operates out of a small but efficient garage, and with plenty of experience of preparing my own rally cars back home, the opportunity to learn and further my mechanical skills by helping prepare the teams cars has been a golden opportunity. Evangeline has been using her organisational and computing talents by working in the office, assisting the team with anything from booking hotels to distributing Vauxhall team clothing.
This led to us both travelling with the team to Ireland at the beginning of April. It was a big operation, as we were running 3 Adams, on 2 rallies, 1 week apart, and all overseas from where the team is based. I drove a Mitsubishi “pickup” or translated to Australian, “Ute” towing one of the racecars, and had the job to lead 2 trucks and 2 reece cars through a country that I had never seen before.
The great Vauxhall Crew at the Circuit of Ireland.
I was expecting that Ireland was going to be a lot of fun, and this was confirmed on the ferry trip over there when a hens party and a bucks party combined in the ships restaurant and sang loudly for several hours!!
The first rally was the Circuit of Kerry, held near Vauxhall team driver Rob Duggan’s hometown of Kilarney. It was meant to be a test for the upcoming Circuit of Ireland, but it didn’t go to plan at all for the team. Rob had his engine blow up on the first stage and the other Australian in the team, Arron Windus, put his Adam off the road and into a tree. Fortunately the third driver Mattias Adielsson had a strong rally, finishing on the podium in his class.
After repreping the cars on Monday, (and enjoying breakfast with Chris Meeke’s codriver Paul Neagle who lives in Killarney!) we headed north to Belfast for the second round of the British Rally Championship, the Circuit of Ireland.
It was a long and tough week for all of us, especially as we had to repair Arron’s car and replace the engine in Rob’s by Thursday morning. The new engine actually had to be sent all the way over from Germany! Fortunately this paid off as Rob won the junior section of the rally with Mattias putting in another good performance and came home in second.
Rob Duggan took first at the Circuit of Ireland.
But probably more hectic than the racing itself was the race to the Ferry on Saturday night. As the rally was due to finish at 6pm, our two trucks had been due to catch the last ferry of the day back to England at 10pm, surely leaving plenty of time to load up and drive 20 minutes to the docks. However due to some FIA complications, the cars were not released from parc ferme until 9:30! It was like the start of an old grand prix, with team members running to the cars and racing through the service park where we loaded them into the trucks quicker than ever! They ended up making it with basically no time to spare as one of our crew Matt had driven to the ferry and persuaded the boat to wait for them!
A snippet of how beautiful Scotland is.
Evangeline and I headed off the next day and had a quick ferry trip to Scotland. This was easily the most scenic part of the UK I have experienced so far. With rolling hills, stunning coastline and a crazy amount stonewalls, it was quite an experience. So we had come full circle, traveling from England, through Wales, into Southern Ireland up to Northern Ireland, then over to Scotland before returning back into England. It was a trip I will never forget.
Three weeks later it was my turn at doing what I came here to do. I was mad keen for the Pirelli Carlisle rally as the roads looked much more similar to what I am used to competing on back in Australia. However when we got to the start of Reconnaissance Friday morning, it was snowing again! Fortunately it didn’t hang around all day, and we didn’t get stuck once, which was also due to us bolting on some Dmack rally rubber to old Sven. We were also very lucky to have Charlie Nott come up for the rally, it was great to have a mate from back home with us and we are very thankful for his donation at the start of the year.
Steve and mines aim for the rally was to get a finish on the board, and to be the quickest Fiesta 1600. Thanks to our team at Major Motorsport, the car was great from the start, and after the first two stages we were achieving both our goals and with no damage to the car. Everybody had warned us about the famous ditches on the side of the Keilder forest roads, but no one had said how rough the rally was on the tyres. Many people had punctures throughout the rally, and our turn was in SS3 when the front right decided it had enough. We limped through the last few miles, but were still happy to be passing cars in ditches and sticking to our plan of finishing. Going into the final stage of the day we were confident of making it though and limiting the time loss on the previous stage. However it just wasn’t meant to be our day. About 10 miles in we approached a right hand junction, where we saw that the Vauxhall crew of Mattias Adielsson and Andreas Johansson was parked up. I took the corner slow to make sure everything with them was fine, but as I accelerated out and grabbed second gear, nothing happened.
As it turns out, the main shaft in the gearbox had broken and I tried to select other gears, but only first was working. So we decided to park the car to limit any damage. Lucky we did, as when we got out there was a vast amount of gearbox fluid draining out the fresh hole the shaft had punched in the end of the gearbox casing.
Bad, all bad.
To be honest, I was initially bitterly disappointed as we were doing such a good job and the car was feeling great. But I quickly realized that in the grand scheme of things it didn’t matter at all. Rallying is a sport that will try and kill your spirit many times over, but for me the disappointments only make me stronger as I have a firm belief that this is what I was born to do and will never give up chasing my dream.
I recently heard a quote by Chris Meeke that said, “If you do something that scares you many times, it wont be scary anymore”. Forgive me for going a bit deep here, but I believe that we shouldn’t let fear get in the way of something you have a deep desire to do. For me it is fear of not getting the backing I need and not being quick enough, but for you it could be the fear of what people might think, or fear of failure, or maybe even the fear of rejection. But I encourage you to just go for it, be wise in your decisions, but don’t let anyone tell you that you cant do something because of where you are now!
As I conclude writing this, I am sat in an apartment in France enjoying an amazing weekend get away visiting my Australian friends Michael and Ashley who are on holiday. It has been a great opportunity to refresh both mine Evangeline’s brains, and thanks to her for making it possible for me as I have used all my funds to go rallying.
Icecream in Paris = Very happy tourists.
Steve and I will be competing at the 4th round of the BRC in Scotland in just under two weeks, and words cant describe how much I want to get back in the drivers seat and try again to give everyone back home something to smile about.
I wish to begin posting more thoughts and experiences on my rallying and life adventures soon.
Published by rallysportmag.com.au on 23rd February 2016
2015 South Australian Rally Champions Guy Tyler and Steve Fisher head to the UK this week to prepare for the opening round of the 2016 DMACK British Junior Rally Championship. The pair will be competing for Major Motorsport after the team recognised Tyler’s potential at a recent test day in the UK. RallySport Mag caught up with Tyler to find out what is in store for the duo ahead of their five rally campaign in Britain.
RSM: You’ve come a long way from competing in your first event as a 16 year old to entering the British Junior Rally Championship at 25. How did your interest in rallying start?
GT: Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a racing driver of some sort, and growing up on a farm driving cars/tractors meant I learnt driving skills at an early age. The Southern Districts Car Club are the people to blame for my involvement in rallying, though.
Back in 2006 I participated in the Club’s Junior Development Program, (which is still going) held at their old track, “Lanac Park” near my farm in Mt Compass. Although I already had the driving skills, this program really helped introduce me into the world of club level motorsport.
From there I went onto competing at Lanac Park for several years until I had enough money and knowledge to enter the 2009 Robertstown Rally and the rest is history.
How many rallies have you done so far?
I have participated in 29 rallies in seven years of competing all around Australia. This includes doing Coffs Harbour four times which is my favourite rally. The only places I haven’t competed are WA and Tasmania.
What’s been your most satisfying result?
Winning the 2015 South Australian Rally Championship is definitely the highlight of my career so far. After several years of disappointment rallying the Clio, (including four or five DNF’s in 2014) all we wanted to do was finish an event. So when we won the ASP Southern Rally at the start year I was literally in tears, as was my dad Chris who had supported me through all those hard years and it was a huge motivation to push forward and aim for higher things.
With your plan to do five out of the seven BJRC events this season, will you and Steve base yourselves in the UK or will you travel back to Australia between events?
Steve will be flying in and out as he has a good job back here and is too old to easily get a working visa. My girlfriend Evangeline and I will be moving over to the UK and have both got jobs with Major Motorsport. Evangeline has incredible event planning and social media skills that the team want to take advantage of and I will be helping out on the mechanical/logistics side of things as well as possibly working for some of the rally schools over there. We will also be helping the team out at the two Irish events we aren’t competing at and that will help us gain more experience of rallying at this level.
The first round of the season is on March 5 and 6. What preparation will you be doing before the event?
The only preparation I have been able to do so far has been to watch as much in car video as possible of people racing Fiesta R2’s and also of the iconic Mid Wales Stages Rally. We will be arriving a week early for the rally, so I will be able to spend a few days finishing off the prep of the Fiesta and learning the mechanical side of the car as well. Steve and I will try and do some reconnaissance practice to remind ourselves how to write pace notes, but it’s like hopping on a bike really and I think we will be able to hit the ground running on all fronts and adapt really quickly.
Have you had a chance to drive the Fiesta in which you’ll be competing yet, and if so, how did you find it compared to the Lancer you drove to win last year’s South Australian Rally Championship?
Well, I haven’t even seen the car yet! But we will be doing a short test at Sweet Lamb on the Thursday prior to the Mid Wales Stages. Although there is a lot to get used to in such a short amount of time, especially left hand drive, I’m confident that I will be able to adapt very quickly as I have in the past.
So in comparison to the Lancer, I know that the Fiesta won’t have the same overall speed, but it will definitely be the best prepared car I’ve ever driven, and I love front wheel drive rally cars, so I’m sure it will be blast.
The BRC is a combination of gravel and tarmac events. Have you had any experience on tarmac events before?
Not a lot to be honest. I competed in the Adelaide Hills tarmac rally in 2010 and 2011, which were brilliant rallies, but I’m sure it will be like nothing like there is in the UK with all the small laneways etc.
What are you hoping to achieve this season?
My main goal this season is to win the British Junior Rally Championship. Due to the age restrictions this is the final year in which I can contest the series, and we are literally giving it everything we’ve got. Further to this I really am looking forward to all the new friends and connections we will make, and the stories that I will be able to tell in years to come.
And what’s your ultimate goal in rallying?
I wish to become a role model and an inspiration for people everywhere to chase their dreams no matter what the obstacles.
Then of course I want to win the World Rally Championship.
I also would also like to become an advocate for road safety, and to help improve driving standards and conduct all over the world.
Guy and Steve have set up a crowd funding page to raise funds to go towards their DMACK British Rally Championship campaign. If you would like to give them your support, you can do so on this link.
published on rally.com
February 18th 2016
South Australian dairy farmer Guy Tyler and his navigator, Steve Fisher, will be competing in the DMACK Junior British Rally Championship in 2016.
Guy, aged 25 from Mt Compass, began racing whilst on his L’s at the Southern Districts Car Club near his home farm. His skills where instantly recognised and he has gone on to compete in the South Australian Rally Championships and the Australian Rally Championships, recording many wins along the way.
His dream has always been to compete in the World Rally Championship, and although he has gone through several hard years competing in Australia with cars that have been unreliable, he has pushed through and never given up. His luck started to change in 2015 when he purchased a Mitsubishi Evo V. The purchase provided immediate results with him and his navigator, Steve Fisher, winning all three rounds of the South Australian Rally Championship and the state title.
Shortly after this exciting win Guy discovered a driver vacancy posted on Facebook with the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team to compete in the Junior British Rally Championship in 2016. To stand out from the 100’s of applicants he put together a short video to highlight his capabilities. Guy was eventually shortlisted for the position and invited to attend a test drive and an interview with the team in England, along with 6 other applicants. Being shortlisted for such a prestigious position was an achievement in itself but unfortunately he was unsuccessful due to the funds required from the drivers to support the team.
Regardless, the team behind the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team, Major Motorsport, took a shine to Guys ability to adapt, his skills and passion for the sport, offering him an alternative, a drive in a Ford Fiesta R2.
“During the interview and test drive I got to know the other applicants really well and once I knew how good the rallying is and how pumped up the championship is, there’s no way I could go home and keep doing the same old stuff. I can’t wait to race against my new mates and really test my skills.” – Guy Tyler
Since then Guy has been working tirelessly with his navigator, Steve Fisher, from Salisbury, to ensure they have the funds needed to make the most of the once in a lifetime opportunity. The pair will be competing in 5 rounds of the 7 round British Rally Championship, as this is all that counts towards points for the Junior title.
“I’m not the only Australian that will be competing but I am the only South Australian and I am really stoked to be able to represent our beautiful part of the world. You see in the press how popular Adelaide is becoming and it’ll be great to promote the area.” – Tyler
This will be the first time Guy has competed in a left hand drive R2 car but with this being his last opportunity to compete in the DMACK Junior British Rally Championship due to the age restrictions he’s bound to make the most of it.
“I can’t wait to get into what is going to be the best car I have ever driven so far in my career so far. There are a whopping fourteen entries for the first round in all the same class of car which I’m sure will provide amazing competition and will be like nothing I’ve ever experienced before” – Tyler
Together the pair have raised all but $13,000 needed to cover the cost of running in the DMACK British Junior Rally Championship. They have created a crowdfunding campaign hoping that the Australian public will rally behind them.
The first round of the DMACK British Junior Rally Championship is in Wales and begins on the 5th of March.
Guy advocates for road safety and encourages teenagers test their skills on the track, not on public roads. He also wishes to be a role model and inspiration for people everywhere to chase their dreams no matter how hard it may be.
Published by The Times, written by Emmalie Balnaves-Gale on February 24th 2016.
Guy Tyler and Evangeline Mcallan with Guy’s first car, the 1985 Corolla, on his dairy farm in Mount Compass.
MOUNT COMPASS – Guy Tyler, from Mount Compass, has sold his most prized assets to fund his opportunity to represent South Australia in the Junior British Rally Championships 2016.
The ex-dairy farmer has been racing towards this competition for 10 years, since he first began driving his 1985 Corolla across his family’s farm on his learner’s permit.
Guy first raced officially at 16 on the outskirts of Mount Compass in a junior development program at the Southern Districts Car Club.
The 25-year-old motorsport star and his navigator, Steve Fisher, will be the sole racers to represent the state in five rounds of the Rally Championships across the United Kingdom throughout the year.
The racing duo have dominated their way through South Australian and Australian Rally Championships over the years and are ready to take on the world.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work over the past 10 years to get there so it would mean everything to me to compete,” Guy said.
In 2015, Guy was shortlisted for a spot on the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team but was unsuccessful without the funds he needed to provide to support the team.
The Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team accredited Guy’s abilities with an alternative opportunity to drive a Ford Fiesta R2 for the Championships.
The Championships are split into seven rounds and Guy will compete in all but two with my most expensive buy-ins.
Guy and Steve will head to Wales on March 5 and 6 for the first round, then England for the Pirelli Carlisce Rally on April 30, before the Scottish Rally in Scotland on June 25 and the Nicky Grist Stages in Wales on July 9 and 10.
Guy is most eager to experience his finaly rally for the tournament at Isle of Man on September 15 to 17.
This Saturday, February 27, Guy and his girlfriend Evangeline will move to Oxford, England to live until October this year.
During their stay, the pair will work for Major Motor Sport to pay their way across the country as Guy races through the rounds.
Guy described his passion for motorsport that is driving him towards representing South Australia.
“I love rallying for the thrill it gives me, the adrenaline rush and the atmosphere, and I love all the places the sport takes you to,” he said.
This time, Guy and Steve are determined to ensure funding does not stop them from making their way across the world.
Both men said they are willing to sacrifice for the chance to compete.
“I’ve sold my rally car that I won the state title with last year, as well as my Ute and both Steve and I have borrowed money but we still have a way to go,”Guy said.
The pair have budgeted $95,000 to fund their trip to the United Kingdom and have $13,000 yet to raise to make their dream attainable.
- To support the pair and donate, head to https://ozcrowd.com/campaigns/support-guy-tyler-and-steve-fisher-in-the-dmack-junior-british-rally-championship/
Guy Tyler’s interview with Brett Williamson played 891 ABC ‘Drive with Ian Henschke’ and various community radio stations.
published: February 23rd 2016 on anygivenreason.com
Words and local photos by Andrew Coles.
Everybody has a dream of some kind, but for the most part these dreams usually go largely unexplored. It’s rare to find someone, let alone two people, with the drive and determination to pursue their dreams at all cost. But Guy Tyler and his co-driver Steve Fisher are not afraid to try their hardest to make their dream of being WRC stars a reality. Over the past few years of covering the South Australian Rally Championship, Any Given Reason has seen it all from Guy and his various attempts at battling through everything thrown at him. And he’s never given up, the reward of finally winning the South Australian Rally Championship being realised for him and co-driver Steve last year. And for 2016 the pair have secured the opportunity of a lifetime – a drive with a professional team in the British Junior Rally Championship, starting with the Mid Wales Stages Rally on March 5/6.
Amid the rushed preparations before their departure to England in a few days time, Any Given Reason sat down with Guy for a quick chat about the adventure so far.
Having tried their hardest to make something happen in Australia, Guy and Steve were looking for their next move when they saw a Facebook post for the Vauxhall Young Driver search, the prize being a factory drive in the Adam R2 in the British Junior Rally Championship. “We thought heck yeah let’s go for it”, so instead of just filling out the application form they produced a detailed video to accompany the application, something no other driver did. He made it through the various cutoff stages and received an email on Christmas morning informing him that they’d made it to the final 6, and that the next stage would be a test of the Adam R2 in the UK. “They kind of knew we didn’t have the money but invited us anyway”.
The final 6 group test was held at the Curborough Sprint Course in Lichfield, just north of Birmingham. “We drove the Adam R2 at Curborough, which is like a bitumen Lanac Park. The Adam just revved so high, it was my first time driving a left-hand drive car and my first time using a sequential box. We got 6 laps, about ten minutes of driving, but it was enough time to get into the swing of things”.
The next part of the test consisted of meetings and interviews about previous rally history, situational tests for dealing with the media, and fitness. The Vauxhall factory team is run by the Major Motorsport rally preparation outfit, and the interviews were conducted by Simon Mauger himself. Guy and Steve made a great impression with both their in-car and out of car skills, but unfortunately at the end of it they just couldn’t raise the required sum to secure a deal and the prize was awarded to another crew.
“We met again with Simon the following week, and he really wanted to get us a drive”. They negotiated a slightly different agreement, where for significantly less money Simon would purchase an M-Sport built Ford Fiesta R2 that he knew of and run the pair in the DMACK Junior Championship at five of the seven rounds of the British Rally Championship. The pair still had the task of raising a whopping AUD$95,000 to make the deal happen, though.
From the UK Guy put his Evo 5 rally car on the market and it was sold before he’d even touched down. He sold his ute and anything at home that wasn’t bolted down, and Steve sold his Evo 9 road car. They both took out personal loans and have managed to raise about $80,000, enough to secure the car and get them on the entry list for the first few rounds. Even though they’re soon leaving for the UK, they still need to raise another $15,000 to cover entry fees and travel costs for the second half of the season and they’ve started a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the gap. If you’ve got a few spare dollars, it would go a long way – find the link here.
“We’re not doing the two Irish rounds because they’re the most expensive, and anyway the championship is counted on your best five events only so we’re still in with a chance. It’s mostly about having fun, having an adventure, trying to get something happening for a career. We’ll try and make contacts and talk to as many potential sponsors as we can while we’re there, there’s a few interested. For first place in the DMACK Junior BRC there’s a significant monetary prize and the chance to win a full WRC season driving a Fiesta R5 in WRC2, so in theory if we were to win the championship and find a sponsor we could end up in the WRC. This isn’t just doing skids in the forest, this is proper stuff. What do we have to loose, it’s just money in the end”.
“This isn’t just for me, I’m giving it a shot for the entire club rally scene here at home. I hope I can be an inspiration, to show people to chase their dreams”.
With every cent going on the rally campaign, it’s not going to be a usual beer fueled working holiday. As part of the deal, Guy will work for Major Motorsport cleaning, working on and preparing the cars as well as driving trucks and generally helping out. He’ll take other jobs where he can as well. His girlfriend Evangeline is moving too, she’ll continue her studies in tourism and event management externally whilst working for Major Motorsport, assisting in their social media and PR campaigns. As Steve is just over 30 he is ineligible for a work visa like Guy and Evangeline have, so he will keep his job in Adelaide and head across for each event.
“I finish up my job here in Adelaide this Friday, and on Saturday we leave for the UK. We test next Thursday, recce next Friday and the event starts on Saturday night with two night stages in the forest, followed by four on Sunday. The stages are a lot longer over there, 14 or 15 miles each. Other than that it’s basically like a big, expensive Robertstown. Although there’s 16 juniors entered for the first event, we’ve never had competition like that before”.
Any Given Reason will be following Guy and Steve’s adventure with a report after each event.
Follow the link through to Guy and Steve’s crowdfunding campaign here.
Words and local photos by Andrew Coles.
Published February 17th on GlamAdelaide, written by Isabelle Donohoe
It’s not unusual for farm kids to get behind the wheel at an early age; the wide paddocks are the perfect place to take Dad’s ute for a spin. But not all kids have the talent to take it beyond the dirt road; dodging cars not cows. In a true South Aussie success story, Guy Tyler has done just that, and will soon be flying off to Wales to compete in the British Rally Championship of 2016.
Growing up on a dairy farm, working as a Valet for the Adelaide Casino, and now as a kitchen manufacturers’ delivery driver, Tyler has spent plenty of time in the driver’s seat. His racing achievements were highlighted in 2010, when he won the State Clubman Rally Series, the state class P2 Championship and was awarded the title of SA/NT CAMS Rising Star. He placed runner up in the Junior Challenge of the Australian Rally Championship in 2012, and just last year won the 2015 South Australian Rally Championship.
Tyler’s next venture arrives after he was shortlisted for a position in the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team in the British Rally Championship. Unfortunately, he was unable to produce the 50,000 pounds to cement his spot in the team. Fortunately, Major Motorsport were so impressed with his interview skills and ability to quickly adapt in the test drive car, that he was offered a position in the BRC, driving a Ford Fiesta R2.
The first round of the competition starts on March 5, and the BRC warns “this is no gentle bed into the new rallying season” what with the Saturday night fixture meaning two stages of driving in the dark. Parts of the track are so steep the drivers won’t feel how fast they’re really going, and in others the road is so wide the drivers will be tempted to “play around.”
The expensive industry forces sacrifices to be made, meaning Tyler’s victorious vehicle from the 2015 SA Championship had to be sold to fund the BRC campaign. Tyler’s family and friends have been his greatest support, with his grandfather’s sign writing business proving handy when it comes to stickers for Tyler’s rally cars. The service crew volunteer their efforts and often feature Tyler’s close friends and father.
So get behind this local lad who’s shooting up the racing ranks, by following his campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Guy Tyler’s website.