2002 - 2003 News

Testing times:
2002 and 2003 were testing years for all at APCsport, not least Andrew. Despite the meteoric rise through regional rallying to 2nd place in the ANCRO Championship, funding could not be secured to continue competing. It looked like the end of the road, but Andrew redoubled his efforts and found a way to improve his skills whilst competition was out of financial reach.

The SEAT Ibiza used so effectively the year before was purchased from 22 Motorsport, (who Andrew continues to work closely with), and a program of testing and sponsorship sourcing was undertaken. Andrew pounded round disused airfields and test venues with enthusiasm, using the enforced sabbatical as a good way to hone his skills and learn the complexities of setting up a rally car correctly.

Andrew also increased his time behind the wheel by continuing to work as a motorsport instructor, mostly at the famous Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent. Qualifying as an MSA approved grade A instructor was more proof of his ability, and plenty of people have sat in the passenger seat at Brands' or whilst testing; an experience which most never forget!

Any spare time was spent helping to develop APCsport's Corporate Entertainment and Events Team. With Andrew having worked on a huge number of events as an instructor he could see potential for improvement, and founded the ultra professional events division of APCsport.

Towards the end of 2003 Andrew was invited to Italy by Fiat to test their new rally car, the Stilo Trophy Car, and comment on suitability for the English forests. The tests were carried out on a 'shakedown' road used for the WRC Rallye San Remo, lined with barriers, rock face and sheer drops. With the car also being left hand drive, the pressure was on to return it in one piece: of course Andrew obliged, and returned to Blighty having thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with another high profile team.
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