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It wasn’t even a dream.

When most Dakar racers write these kind of things, it almost always includes the line, “it’s been my dream since I was a kid.” If I were to say that, it would be a blatant lie. The only knowledge I had of the Dakar until the age of 15 was a clip on an old Duke crash compilation, where an Audi Quattro imploded after hitting a small dune at full speed.

It’s just not a thing that happens to kids growing up in South Wales. Statistically, I was more likely to be a rockstar or captain of the British and Irish Lions than an international rally racer. But here I am, final preparations underway, and it all started with the motorbike in the picture below…

First Bike, Scorpa 250

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Timeline

  • November 1990 - born in Neath

  • 1998 - first time riding a dirtbike, a friend’s LEM 50

  • December 2000 - first bike, a Scorpa 250 trials bike purchased by my Dad for Christmas

  • July 2006 - two week work placement with Simon Pavey at BMW Off Road Skills

  • April 2007 - started working part-time with ORS

  • June 2008 - first enduro bike, Gasgas EC200

  • August 2008 - first enduro

  • July 2014 - graduated Cardiff University with a masters in engineering

  • August 2014 - first international rally

  • April 2019 - qualified for Dakar by finishing Merzouga rally

Achievements

  • 7th in class, British rally championship 2014

  • 39th, Serres Rally 2014, Greece

  • 27th, Serres Rally 2015, Greece

  • 2nd in class, Welsh Enduro Championship 2016

  • 3rd in class, Welsh Enduro Championship 2017

  • 33rd, Serres Rally 2017, Greece

  • 4th in class, Welsh Enduro Championship 2018

  • 33rd, Merzouga Rally 2019, Morocco

  • Total racing days started: 72.

  • Total finished: 72.