Dave Barr – taking the scenic route

26 April 2019

The Malcolm Wilson Rally in the Lake District

LARS rigger, David Barr, has been taking the scenic route through the Lake District in his customised, LARS sponsored VW Polo, this time taking part in the Malcolm Wilson Rally.

The event, which starts at Dovenby Hall near Cockermouth, provides spectators with eight stages of thrilling rally car driving, covering a distance of over forty miles. This was the 43rd time the Malcolm Wilson Rally has provided a forest stage event in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District.

In total, one hundred and twenty-six cars started the race, but the appalling weather conditions meant that almost forty cars were forced to retire, many of them after the opening pair of stages through Whinlatter Forest.

LARS’ Dave Barr, alongside rally partner Neil Mitchell-Hunter, weren’t put off by the weather – well, you wouldn’t be when your day job often finds you around one hundred metres up a tower carrying out vital antenna rigging. They finished in 44th place overall, but first in the RF1.4 Class. It wasn’t all plain sailing, as the pair only just avoided doing some serious damage to the car following a run-in with a pile of logs during the second stage, but it wasn’t enough to put them off and they plan to race again later in the year:

“This was our third race together and we had another great day. Winning the RF1.4 Class was the icing on the cake, but the whole experience was fantastic. The log pile aside, we managed some terrific racing and we’re looking forward to our next race.

As usual, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved who has helped us get to where we are. Also to the organisers and the marshalls – it wasn’t the best day to be outside!”

LARS pit stop

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