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Philip Wylie - "tackling the Demon Tweeks Motoring News Historic Rally Championship, in an MGB"

Philip Wylie, who secured second place in the 1998 Toshiba Irish Historic Tarmac Rally Championship, in a humble MGB, is preparing to take on the established players in this year's Demon Tweeks Motoring News Historic Rally Championship.

The Vauxhall Rally of Wales will be his first taste of gravel and in preparation for this baptism, he has booked into the Forest Experience Rally School, run by the famous Higgins family, at Carno in Wales. "Hopefully this will help keep me between the trees and give Jimmy Howe and me a chance to shock a few more people," remarked Philip.

Last year was Philip's first attempt at the Irish Tarmac Championship and he surprised many of the established historic competitors with the pace of his heavy and relatively under-powered MGB. The Hertfordshire based Ulsterman scored his first ever rally win on the Cork 20 - the last round of the Irish championship. This was followed by a hard fought third place on the popular Killarney Historic Rally, in December, behind the Porsche's of Dessie Nutt and John Keatley. "We equalled John Keatley's times twice through the flowing Killmackillogue Stage - we were really trying," commented Philip. "We startled quite a few people with our times, ending the rally ahead of six Porsche 911's and all but the first two cars in the post-historic category."

Backed by Pro-Align, a Northampton based wheel alignment specialist and his employer PricewaterhouseCoopers, Philip's car is prepared by Gary Dunlop Motorsport at Bangor, Northern Ireland. "My job as an investment banker, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the automotive sector, doesn't give me much time to think about the mechanical side of rallying. However, Dunlop Motorsport has done a superb job developing the car and keeping it in first class condition - basically I just arrive and drive. Jimmy Howe, from the Isle of Man, who was crowned as the top navigator in the 1998 Toshiba Irish Historic Tarmac Rally Championship, has helped keep me safely between the hedges since he became my regular navigator two years ago - long may it continue. This year, we will try and up our pace a little further and if we can attract some backing, perhaps we will get something a little quicker, to have a real go at the championship in the new millennium."

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