MOTORSPORT: Warrant wins RAF rally championship

Ady Warrant and Clare Law at speed in their BMW.
Ady Warrant and Clare Law at speed in their BMW.

A contractor based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, has won the 2015 RAF Motorsports Association rally championship.

Forty-one-year-old Adrian Warrant from Wrangle took part in the rally championship organised by the RAF Motorsports Association (RAFMSA).

The championship, which is open to RAF personnel and contractors, comprises of five single venue stage rally events of the driver’s choice, with the final event being the Rockingham Stages at the beginning of December 15. It is during the final event, attended by all RAF crews, that the trophies are presented to the top driver and navigator.

Ady, a CarillionAmey contractor, and his partner Clare Law, 40, an RAF officer based at RAF Halton and also from Wrangle, notched up their points by taking part in the Horiba D’Isis stages (Hinckley), Flying Fortress stages (Grafton Underwood), Jane Cowling Memorial stages (Fulbeck), Cadwell stages (Louth) and Rockingham stages (Corby).

Despite this being their first season together, Ady had enough points to take the lead driver award, whilst Clare was third navigator.

Ady, a former Formula 400 motorcycle champion, said: “I did a little bit of rallying some years ago but have never entered a championship before. It is a team effort though and I couldn’t have done it without Clare or the support of the RAF.”

The couple’s rally car is a modified BMW M3 Compact, affectionately known as Judy. She has coped with surfaces from the smooth tarmac of Cadwell to the rougher former airfield perimeter track of Fulbeck, and completed anything up to 100 stage miles in an event.

This was Clare’s first time rallying: “I’ve never given anything like this a go before but I persuaded Ady to develop the car and enter the RAF MSA championship. I thoroughly enjoyed it and out on the stage it’s definitely the one time I know he listens to every word I say.”

Ady and Clare would like to thank all the family, friends and RAF Sports Lottery who have supported them, as well as the companies that have helped with the development of the car.

Ady said: “We are both looking forward to getting back into the garage and ready for the challenge and excitement of the 2016 RAF MSA championship.”