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Q&A: Brian Stubbings: Rallyday review - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


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Rallyday co-organiser, Brian Stubbings looks back on this year's event, which took place at the Castle Combe Circuit in the UK on Saturday, September 22 and reviews the action for Crash.net Radio...


Crash.net:
Brian, in a few words, sum up your thoughts on this year's Rallyday?

Brian Stubbings:
I'd say it was the best yet in terms of turn-out and attractions – and for the first time in three years the weather was kind to us as well. There were over 10,000 people in attendance in the end and it was very, very busy.

Crash.net:
Following on from the Rallyday at Castle Combe there was the 'The Rally Show at Chatsworth', the weekend after. Do you think that had an impact at all on crowd numbers?

BS:
It is difficult to say exactly, but I am sure some people would choose one event or the other. It is always difficult to put an exact figure on it but there probably would have been some impact.

Crash.net:
Is there room for two similar rally shows so close together?

BS:
I think you can question whether there is room for two rally shows at all. Basically a lot of the big rally teams only have very limited time and the risk is by having a couple of different rally shows those attractions get split rather than appear at both places. That then isn't quite so good for the fans. It is a fairly niche, specialist thing and the risk is it might not work for spectators if you have too many of them.

Crash.net:
From your own personal point of view, what was the highlight of this year's Rallyday?

BS:
Blimey! I'd have to say a couple of things - I can't boil it down to one. I'd probably say Hannu Mikkola in the Audi Quattro S1 E2 was a huge thing for me. Matt Wilson and Gwyndaf Evans in the WRC cars were good too. They both did some fairly flamboyant driving - and the Aston Martin Rally GT was awesome as well. It is kind of split between those three things – all for their own different reasons.

Crash.net:
What feedback did you get from the stars attending - people like Matthew Wilson, Hannu Mikkola and Phil Mills?

BS:
It has been really positive so far. I had a chance to have a bit of a chat with Hannu Mikkola on the day and he seemed to be enjoying it. It was good.

Crash.net:
This year the show benefited from an official tie-up with the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship. What was the reaction from the organisers and drivers' from the BRC to the event?

BS:


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Tony Mason and Matthew Wilson
Hannu Mikkola
Rallyday co-organiser, Brian Stubbings talks to Alex Burns
Lanica Stratos. Rallyday 2006 [Pic credit: Syd Wall / RallyingOnline Ltd - www.rallygallery.com]
Metro 6R4. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Mark Sims / RallyingOnline Ltd - www.rallygallery.com]
Sebastien Ogier. Group B Audi Quattro A2. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Sebastien Ogier. Group B Audi Quattro A2. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Sebastien Ogier. Group B Audi Quattro A2. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Sebastien Ogier presents the inaugural `Brian Stubbings Spirit of Rallyday` Trophy to Castrol`s Donald Smith. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Sebastien Ogier presents the inaugural `Brian Stubbings Spirit of Rallyday` Trophy to Castrol`s Donald Smith. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Rob Wilkins interviews Sebastien Ogier. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Sebastien Ogier and Olympic skeleton Gold Medallist Amy Williams MBE. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Phil Collins. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Stig Blomqvist. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Stig Blomqvist. Castle Combe. Rallyday 2013 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
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