To BARC Midlands Centre, the Championship is as much about keeping our competitors happy as it is about ensuring we continue to deliver excellent events. So, to gauge how we’re getting on, our Championship Press Officer, Kate Neal, caught up with Stephen Riddle before the 2019 Season to find out a little more about him, his car and his thought on the previous year. Stephen has been part of the BARC Speed Championship for five years and will be back again in 2019. Here’s what he had to say…
Please tell us a little about the history of your car…
It’s a standard Renault Clio 172 which I bought a couple of years ago. It was quite a nice car when I got it, but since then I’ve put it into the tyre wall at Castle Combe which dented, scuffed and scratched nearly all the panels. It won the championship last year though, so I think the damage can now be called ‘racing patina’.
Do you have any help getting the car ‘Race Ready’?
Being a standard car, there really isn’t much preparation to do before an event; check the tyre pressures and wheel nuts and that’s it! It’s been very reliable. I’ve replaced various items that have worn out or fallen off but I’m lucky to have a very good Renault specialist near me that does most of the work.
What did you enjoy most about 2018?
The weather has been great this year. It makes the day so much more enjoyable when it’s sunny and warm! MotoFest Coventry was a highlight. I was proud to be the first car to run on the Saturday, which I think makes me the first person to compete on a closed-road sprint in the UK under the new laws that were introduced last year.
If you were permitted a co-driver, who would it be?
Do you have a mascot?
Nope! Only my lucky pants.
What do you plan to do during downtime?
All the DIY at home that I was supposed to do during the race season.
Do you perform any funny customs before going out on track?
Not really, but I’m usually seen running back to my car before the first run of the day and after lunch; being in the standard car class means you are almost always in the first batch of cars to go out, so if you aren’t paying attention you can find yourself chatting away to someone at the far end of the paddock when you’re are supposed to be in your car and ready to race!