When thinking about Group B race cars you imagine wheel to wheel on the last lap of the British Rallycross Championship, full of over-powered Group motorbikes and RS200s driving at their very best in order to overtake their rivals. In fact this is exactly what happened during the 1986 season, as Will Gollop took victory from the very last corner of his car to win the championship for the first time in his career. Among this group of wild men who rode in these insane Group B rallycross machines were the brilliant rallycross driver and engineer Will Gollop himself.
When you look back into the history of the sport of rallycross and the road trip and rallies in general you will see the early days of road racing were far more dangerous and wild than they are today. Riders and drivers alike were simply starting out and try their luck in rallies and other rally competitions, with the help of smaller and cheaper cars and little technical know-how.
Group B cars in particular had some truly insane power, and they also had a massive advantage over the rest of the competition when it came to handling. This lead to a number of major accidents on the race tracks, with a lot of damage being caused to the cars, and many lives being lost as well. During the era of road racing and road trip racing however, Will Gollop was among the most feared drivers in his class and was considered by many to be the best driver in his class.
Not only did he posses great driving skills, but he was also an incredibly clever raconteur as well. He would often use his intelligence to gain an advantage and outwit the competition on the track. His ability to see the competition and then apply that knowledge to the race tracks was second to none, and it was these skills that led him to become one of the most successful rallycross drivers ever.
Will was one of the most important people in the history of rallycross, and many feel that his ability to drive with complete confidence and his personality would have been completely different if he had been competing in a more conservative environment. Many believe that his success would have been far less than he achieved in his racing career if he had been racing in a more conservative environment.
In the end, Will Gollop is one of the greatest rallycross drivers of all time and will always be remembered for his victories in the early Group B rallies of 1986. and for his tireless effort in dominating the field throughout the remainder of his career. For many his victory in those two years were the turning point for the sport and for the rallycross itself.