Weir Rallying UK is a newly formed Welsh rallying team made up of a very experienced and popular local group. Team Principal is Rob Weir (Father), Co-driver Ross Weir (son) and Driver Rallying champion Dave Jenkins (Dave Jenkins Motorsport). The team is backed by the Weir family of brands with HJ Weir Engineering, a Welsh (British) manufacturer and exporter of large commercial and industrial laundry machines. HJ Weir is based in Chepstow in South Wales and has won multiple awards recently for excellence. WeCoTec UK a newly formed company that sells world class washer extractors to commercial and industrial laundries across the UK via Milnor USA also co-sponsor the team.
Weir Rallying UK competed with a complete re-brand and brand new car build with main mechanical components being Ford Escort Mark11. Engine 2-litre BDG, coupled 5-speed ZF gearbox coupled Atlasaxle designed and made by Dave Jenkins Motorsport.
Weir Rallying UK team Dave Jenkins and Ross Weir drove in extreme heats in Sol Rally Barbados 2018, competing against world class rally drivers on a highly competitive road rally circuit.
Rob Weir (Team Principal)
“ Considering this was Dave and Ross’ first rally competition together, they gelled really well. Particularly in light of the uncomfortable with conditions heat from the environment, heat from car and fireproof suits with no way to cool down. What pleased me is that Dave said Ross is definitely the best that he’s ever had as a co-driver, which says a lot. The reaction to the car in Barbados blew us all away it was spectacular site to see crowds of people queuing up to see the car and engine and take photos. Howard Davies an ex rallying champion codriver and commentator. Said on the speaker… just listen to that BDG engine roar all that’s missing is the trees in Wales for it to reverberate off. Wow!
Dave Jenkins (Driver)
“ We didn’t start that well we got 73rdseeded at King of the Hill but we made it up brilliantly. It was so superb to get the results we did when we were competing against the locals out there in Barbados. My favourite part if I’m honest was getting to the finish line with the results we got. It was the hardest rally event I have ever done in my rallying career. It was a lot more difficult than I had originally thought. I really got into it on the main rally making up places and with a superb finish. I would just like to say a massive thank you to Rob Weir and Ross Weir for asking me to build the rally car and be the driver for the team. It’s been a great honour and privilege and a truly unforgettable experience.”
Ross Weir (Co-Driver)
“ What an incredible two weeks ,great crew and fantastic result. We are over the moon and it’s a huge thanks to everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors support and are grateful that HJ Weir and WeCoTec UK could back this. We are very excited for what challenges come to us next with both Motorsports and also Business Growth that keeps going from strength to strength as British Manufacturer and family business with large units in Wales that we will always keep in Wales.”
About Sol Rally Barbados
From small beginnings as the International All-Stage Rally in 1990, the BRC’s premier event has grown into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a keystone of the island’s sports-tourism calendar; it contributes around Bds $4 million to the economy and accounts for more than 4,000 visitor nights each year. Sol Rally Barbados and Flow King of the Hill are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017; Sol RB18 marked the 11th year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company, while communications provider Flow sponsored KotH for the third time.
Sol Rally Barbados Chairman Mark Hamilton says: “We’re delighted that the Weir family are coming back to Barbados, where I know that they have mademany friends during their previous visits. While I am sorry to hear that Rob will not be behind the wheel again, it is great news that he is getting so much pleasure out of the role of team boss and supporting son Ross as he develops in motor sport. The TR7 with its growling V8 was a big hit with our fans, but as I’m a bit of an Escort man myself, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Dave Jenkins has built for the team . . . and what he can do with it once he gets here.”