David Higgins admits that one of his biggest challenges facing him this season as he switches from the British Rally Championship to the switching to the Dunlop Gambia British Historic Rally Championship will be not to have too much fun.
The 2004 British rally champion will swap a Subaru Impreza N14 for a Ford Escort Mk1 this year and he admits that the temptation to enjoy rear wheel drive action could prove too much and hit his chances of success.
“It would be easy to go sideways and really enjoy the car rather than thinking about the championship, in such a fun car,” he said. “If you go sideways you lose too much time, I need to remember that in the Mk1. The other main differences will be that I'll have to try to find more traction, the gear changes will be slower, and I won't have any power steering. I can't wait.”
After a trying season last season with Team TQ.com, which was beset by the political wrangling that affected the 2008 BRC title battle, Higgins said he was looking forward to just focusing on his driving, although he was quick to point out that it wouldn't be an easy campaign.
“It was pretty hard to drive properly while running a team last year,” said David. “On the stages I would have been thinking about what the team needed to do in service, how long any damage was going to take to repair after the rally, that type of thing, but now I can concentrate solely on driving again.
“Any rally I enter, I aim to win, but I'm not thinking this is going to be any easier than the BRC. The pace I've built up in the BRC has got to help, but people like Gwyndaf [Evans] who is in the same boat as me switching from the BRC, and regulars will certainly be piling on the pressure. The entry is huge, and we can't wait to get started.”
The new season kicks off with the Bulldog Historic rally, which takes place in Llangollen in Wales on Saturday.