2004 News

Round-up of '04 action:
After the disappointments of the preceding seasons, 2004 saw a turnaround in fortunes for Andrew, when he received an unexpected and very welcome boost in his bid to become one of Britain's top rally drivers early in the year.

Motorsports NOW! Magazine, the Motor Sport Association UK's publication, invited Andrew to a full driver assessment with 2003 Group N World Rally Champion, Britain's Martin Rowe. The assessment was to be carried out in a full spec. Group A Subaru Impreza rally car, with well over 300bhp and 4 wheel drive, and the results to be published in the magazine.

22 Motorsport, the team that took Andrew to second in the National Rally Championship in 2001, kindly provided the car, which would prove a challenge to our driver in itself. Over the five runs Andrew had in the ex works USA Impreza, every detail was improved upon, from line and gear selection through to commitment and smoothness. Each run was an improvement on the previous one, culminating in a perfect final run which both Andrew and Martin had obviously enjoyed. Despite the step up to vastly different and faster machinery, Andrew proved his talent behind the wheel, and turned in a mightily impressive performance.

World Champion Rowe commented: "Andrew did a great job today. The stage conditions were very difficult but he coped well, he showed he could get to grips with the car in a very short space of time. The last run went really well, everything we discussed clicked into place. I feel he has achieved a great deal during today."

The article was released in the Summer 2004 edition of Motorsports NOW! magazine; it was the 'leading' article in the issue, with 5 pages of copy and the front cover. Read more in the World Champion Tuition article, and see the pictures in the 2004 Gallery.

2004 also saw the birth of APCsport's Rallying for Road Safety initiative, our driver education program aimed at inexperienced and 'over enthusiastic' drivers. Here at APCsport.com we will be publishing a series of articles on the website about everything from driving in the rain to attending trackdays. Read more in the Rallying for Road Safety section of the site.

Andrew also attended the final of the RoSPA Young Driver of the Year Award, as a guest of RoSPA, to offer advice to the finalists on driving safely. Read more in the RoSPA article.














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