Making his HERO-ERA debut as Clerk of the Course whilst Competition Director Guy Woodcock heads to the Middle East for the start of the Badawi Trail, Andy Pullan has been in many championship fights, mostly emerging on the winning side. So what advice can he offer competitors to beat that tight drum of opponents?
Andy: “My advice would be to not think about the championship. If you start thinking about things in too much depth and detail, then you stop concentrating on events in front of you. You have got to prepare, keep a clear mind, keep cool, calm and collected and just concentrate on the event. If you start overthinking things or thinking of what could happen, you may lose concentration.
“As with every rally, it will be a roller coaster, you’ll have some good bits you’ll have some bad bits, but you’ve just got to think about the doing the best you can with every section.”
Andy Pullan, a patriotic White Rose himself, has recently returned from the final recce of the HERO Challenge finale battleground in order to make a few changes. So what can he give away about the route and any new roads and venues?
Andy; “ There are six tests, some of them are quite tricky, so both sides of the car will have to concentrate and communicate well to get good results on the tests.
“There’s a new venue which has never been used in historic road rallying, a really good kart track that we’re really pleased with, so I’m sure crews will enjoy it.
“In terms of regularities, as with most of these events, it’s easy if you do what it says in the book, so crews have just got to pay attention to what’s in there and not get distracted. The roads are a mix of tight little lanes and then opening up over the moors.
“We start off by heading into the Trough of Bowland. They are really a couple of nice scenic regularities to start things off. Then we head in for two tests before coffee, then another regularity and back for a repeat of the two tests.
“We are using Myerscough College for scrutineering and pre-event formalities. The motorsport department is hosting us which is great as they are one of the few colleges to offer a
Motorsport specific course. It is one of the few education facilities to offer such training, so the next generation of mechanics could be fixing your historic car!
“In the afternoon, we head to the Fylde Peninsula that sticks out towards Blackpool, it’s a lot less scenic, but challenging as it is over very undulating peat based roads, so they are literally like a roller coaster in places because they’ve sunk and gone up so much in places. It will make for interesting driving.
“I’d say that competitors need to keep concentrating right to the end as you never know where the last trick might be!”