A DOVERIDGE man who lost part of his leg in an accident 22 years ago has fulfilled his ambition of becoming a rally driver.
David Poyser, who has 16,000 free range laying birds and 4,000 pigs, lost the lower part of his right leg in accident involving a sugarbeat harvester but this has not stopped him achieving his ambition with the full support of his wife Mandy, two daughters Chloe and Casey and baby son Arthur.
The 41-year-old has recently received the backing of Potters Poultry, who are sponsoring his participation in the BTRDA Rally Championship.
The driver and his co-driver John Orme, along with his main mechanic Andy Hudson, who runs Beefs BM’s Car Breakers, have competed in many rallies over the years using Honda, Peugeot and Subaru cars.
Their latest vehicle is a front wheel drive Honda Civic, which was built by Mr Poyser himself, with the help of his brothers Andrew, at SMN Engineering, and Mark, at Doveridge Garage.
He said it is the best car he and Mr Orme have rallied so far, although it has undergone a number of mechanical teething problems which they are now hoping they have overcome.
Mr Poyser said: “With it being such a new car we have had a fair share of problems with the gear box and driveshafts, but hopefully we have overcome them now and we can concentrate on winning some trophies.
“This is only possible for us with the kindness of Potters Poultry sponsoring us, as farming is not paying these days like it should.
“Potters came to the recuse when we broke second gear in the second rally of the year in 2012.”
Mr Poyser and Mr Orme still finished second in the class despite the breakage, but he said they would not have been able to repair the car and continue the season without the support of Potters Poultry.
They continued to do more rallies in the BTRDA championship and successfully finished third in their class in the championship.
Mr Poyser has also announced Potters Poultry have agreed to sponsor his Honda in the 2013 BTRDA rally championship.