Roger  Clark - Driver Profile

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Roger  Clark Career Summary

It makes perfect sense naming the rally after Roger Albert Clark, not only because the initials are so well fitting. To most he was known as Roger Clark and he was awarded the MBE title by the Queen for his rally achievements meant something to the whole nation! Although he picked up rallying much earlier in 1956, and to most his name is synonymous to Ford, Roger Clark’s first international rally only was the Monte Carlo 1965 in which he finished an amazing 6th overall in a Rover 3500 P6. Still in the same year he virtually forced himself onto Ford when he aquired a private Ford Lotus Cortina for a BRC (British Championship) program and proved faster than Ford’s own foreign world class works drivers. But even as a Ford works driver Roger Clark’s successes outside UK read slimmer than does him justice. He won the 1968 Acropolis Rally and lead the London-Sydney marathon the same year until Australia, when a rear axle problem slowed him, both in a works Ford Lotus Cortina. In 1972 he won the RAC Rally, the first RAC victory for a Ford Escort, a success Roger would repeat in 1976. He was also leading the Safari 1977 by a huge margin until a small problem sidelined him. Clark stayed with works Escorts until Ford ended this program. For 1980 Roger Clark moved to a works Triumph TR7 V8, a car that always seemed to let him down in the worst moments. On the RAC 1980 for example he was fighting Hannu Mikkola for 2nd place overall when in SS67 out of 70 his engine let go! His last top10 result at WRC level came on the RAC 1981, where he drove a fully private, outdated Escort. This all did not help him finding another works seat for the WRC. Roger Clark MBE was the first and only British driver to ever win WRC events until Colin McRae and Richard Burns came along many years later. Roger died of what could be described illnesses of old age in January 1998, though he was only 59 years old then, way too early. He is absolutely worthy an icon to deliver the name of this event.

Roger  Clark Career Statistics


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Rally Honour Roll

Year Class Place Driver
1981 WRC Open 66th. Roger . Clark (1pts)

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Career Results :

Pos Event Co-Driver # Vehicle Rego
36th. 1995 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Harvey #72 Subaru Impreza (GC)  [UNKNOWN]
11th. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain I. Grindrod #31 Porsche 911  [UNKNOWN]
10th. 1981 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Serle #22 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN]
13th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Porter #15 Ford Fiesta (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 1977 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Porter #2 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 1977 WRC Canadian Rally of Quebec J. Porter #3 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN]
4th. 1977 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Pegg #1 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN]
5th. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Porter #11 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN]
1st. 1976 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Pegg #6 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Mason #6 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN]
7th. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Mason #5 Ford Escort (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Mason #1 Ford Escort (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]

Career Retirements :

Pos Event Co-Driver # Vehicle Rego Reason
Ret. 1980 WRC Rally of Great Britain N. Wilson #20 Triumph TR7 V8 [UNKNOWN] SS67 engine
Ret. 1979 WRC Rally of Great Britain N. Wilson #8 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN] SS45 engine
Ret. 1979 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Porter #7 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN] SS13 engine
Ret. 1978 WRC Rally of Great Britain N. Wilson #9 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN] SS47 crash
Ret. 1977 WRC Safari Rally J. Porter #2 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN] SS99 water pump
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Porter #6 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN] SS99 clutch
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally Morocco J. Porter #7 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine (camshaft)
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo J. Porter #9 Ford Escort (Mk2)  [UNKNOWN] SS99 no tyres left
Ret. 1973 WRC Safari Rally J. Porter #2 Ford Escort (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics

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