There have been, it seems, two Micra rally automobiles for the then 17-year-old.
“I rolled the primary one,” he mentioned. “But it surely solely price me £250 to construct, so there was undoubtedly a sense that it was extra economical to purchase a brand new one somewhat than making an attempt to repair the previous one!
“I keep in mind that first occasion within the first automotive, I had Alastair Dodd co-driving for me. He was the son of System 1000 (junior rally sequence held in Britain) co-ordinator Tristan Dodd.
“They knew every part about Micras and gave me a hand with my automotive. I spent a great few hours with them within the storage getting the automotive prepared for the primary occasion.”
Micra Mk 1 lasted four-and-a-half rallies earlier than a now well-known stretch of Route 60, a street on the Epynt army ranges in south Wales.
“Keep in mind the place Andreas Mikkelsen rolled [on the 2007 Wales Rally GB]? I rolled in the identical place, however going within the different course.
“By then we’d already discovered one other Micra. The primary one was right-hand drive and actually I used to be after a left-hand drive automotive, which was the second. I used that for the remainder of the season, then we moved to the Fiesta ST.”
Was the Micra a great automotive? There’s a reasonably lengthy pause.
“It had 50bhp,” is the reply. “It wasn’t the quickest factor to drive at the moment, however as a approach of moving into the game it was nice. And the [Formula 1000] championship was splendid since you have been all there and all in the identical automobiles.”
It’s 14 years since that pair of Micras launched the Welshman on a trajectory that might take him to the highest of the WRC standings as we speak.
“It doesn’t really feel that way back,” he mentioned. “However perhaps that’s simply me making an attempt to inform myself I’m not getting previous!”
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