From tractors to track triumph for farmer turned rally champ

Joe Evett, from Aston Clinton, in his car
Joe Evett, from Aston Clinton, in his car

A young farmer has swapped his tractor for the race track and has taken to rally success like a pig to muck.

Joe Evett, 23, from Aston Clinton, works on College Farm in the village but has recently turned a burning passion for motorsport into silverware with a meteoric rise in the world of rallying.

Joe has been rallying since he was 17, and took part in his first competitive race just a few months after passing his driving test.

And the former John Colet pupil even prepares his cars in a barn converted into a rally workshop on the family farm where he spends most of his evenings and weekends working on getting them ready for his next event.

But rather than use the souped up motor for rounding up sheep, Joe has let his talent shine on the track this season as he was crowned BTRDA Rally First and MG ZR Champion.

He followed that up by scooping the title of MSA English Junior Champion and MSA English Class E1 Champion at the weekend to put top off a dream year in his burgeoning motorsport career.

“I feel like all of my hard work has really paid off this year,” Joe said.

“I’ve had a few years where everything seemed to go wrong, but it’s all come together at last.

“My next milestone will be to prepare my new car (a fully modified MG ZR S1400) which will hopefully take me up to the next stage of rallying.”

Hardworking Joe, who broke off from his farming duties on Monday to pose with his beloved car on the family farm, won the ‘Road to Wales’ prize this season, which means that his first competitive race in his new car will be later this month at the prestigious Wales Rally GB.

The Wales Rally is the largest and most high profile motor rally in the UK. It is a round of the FIA World Rally Championship and is based in and around the city of Cardiff.

“I’m so excited to take part in Wales Rally GB,” Joe said.

“If I do well, I hope that sponsors will spot me so that I will be able to afford to move up to the next level.”

Like with most motor sports, talent can only get you so far and racers rely heavily on sponsorship and the backing of businesses to help drive their dreams.

To help her brother achieve his dreams and attract support, proud sister Jessica runs a Facebook page for him.

Jessica said: “We’re really proud of Joe and we’re trying to get him as much publicity as possible so that we can get him some sponsorship.”

+ Anyone interested in sponsoring Joe or for more info on what it entails should contact him directly on 07890122282.