Justin Dale
Justin Dale

Born: 28th May 1971

Nationality: British

Resides: Chilbolton, Hampshire

Marital status: Single

Occupation: Professional Rally Driver

Hobbies: Motorcycling and Mountain Biking

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In 1992, Justin starting his rallying career contesting the Peugeot Rally Challenge in Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi. He was runner up in both the 1993 and 1994 series, before switching to the new Peugeot 306 S16 for the 1995 season.

In 1996, Justin - together with new co-driver Andrew Bargery - secured the title of British Junior Rally Champion. He won four of the six rounds, winning outright the Peugeot Challenge along the way. Justin also finished 3rd overall in the 1996 British Rally Championship - the first Amateur Driver - and collected the Gunk Reliability award for his 100% finishing record. Justin completed the year with his first "works" drive, joining Peugeot for the RAC Rally.

In 1997, Justin contested all rounds of the British Rally Championship with Peugeot, driving a Peugeot 306 S16. A consistent year saw him end the year as first non-kit car in the championship.

For the 1998 British Championship, Peugeot introduced the stunning Peugeot 106 Maxi to the UK, to contest the new "Super 1600" category. The team had a year of mixed fortunes as the car was continually developed to suit the British forests. Justin demonstrated the car's potential with category win and a career-best of 8th overall on the Ulster International rally.

In 1999, Justin continued to drive for Peugeot Sport in the Peugeot 106 Maxi. He won 5 out of the 6 rounds of the championship, easily winning the Ferodo Super 1600 category in the British Championship. He finished the year with a career-best 6th overall on the Manx International Rally.

After winning the championship, Justin and co-driver Andrew Bargery retained their drive with Peugeot for 2000 when Peugeot Sport UK increased their commitment to the British Rally Championship, running two 106 Super GTi's in the Ferodo Super 1600 category. Two non-finishes prevented Justin from retaining the Championship, but some stunning drives - including 3rd overall on the Manx - established Justin as the quickest 1600 driver.

2001 was an unusual year, with foot and mouth disease causing the British Championship to be cancelled. A new championship was formed - Formula Rally. Winning 3 events outright, Justin and Andrew were initially pronounced the winners, only to lose the title after a controvertial appeal.

For 2002, Justin Dale was back in the British Championship in a new car - the Peugeot 206 XS Super 1600. He won four rounds to take the British Super 1600 title for a second time and finished 2nd in the overall British Championship. Finished the year as a full factory driver for Mitsubishi on Rally GB

Moving beyond the British Championship, Justin took Group N honours on a Middle East Championship round in a Subaru and won a round of the Swedish Championship with in a Hyundai Accent WRC. He went on to compete as a Hyundai-supported driver on several rounds of the World Championship and completed the official reconnaissance for the majority of the World Championship events.

Justin did not compete during the 2004 season. However, while out of the public eye, he was still very much involved in the sport, using his extensive experience as a test driver and providing driver training and coaching.

In 2005, Justin was involved in an M-Sport programme to develop the Ford Fiesta Super 1600. This programme culminated in a number of international outings, including Rallye Catalunya, the Spanish round of the World Rally Championship.

For 2006, Justin was back in the British Rally Championship, campaigning an Autosport Technology supported Renault Clio. Although the car runs in near-standard specification, Justin was able to put in a number of trademark giant-killing performances against much more powerful cars.

2002 Autosport National Rally Driver
2002 "Super 1600" British Rally Champion
2001 Autosport National Rally Driver
1999 "Super 1600" British Rally Champion
1996 British Junior Rally Champion
1996 British Amateur Champion
1996 Peugeot Challenge

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