Derek Ringer

Derek Ringer (born 11 October 1956) is a Scottish rally co-driver. He is most closely associated with Colin McRae, with whom he won the 1995 World Rally Championship.

Derek Ringer
Personal information
NationalityScottish
Born(1956-10-11)11 October 1956
World Rally Championship record
Active years19871996, 19982003, 2008
TeamsSubaru, Ford, Citroën
Rallies74
Championships1 (1995)
Rally wins8
Podiums15
Stage wins228
First rally1987 Wales Rally GB
First win1993 Rally New Zealand
Last win1996 Rally de Catalunya
Last rally2008 Acropolis Rally

Although their partnership extended back to the 1980s when McRae was a teenager, the two split at the end of 1996 when they failed to defend their title, several mid-season crashes being blamed on Ringer. After a year's absence, Ringer returned to partner Martin Rowe in the British Rally Championship, the pair winning the 1998 title in a Renault Mégane Maxi and competing together in the World Rally Championship in 1999.

Ringer then moved on to Mitsubishi for two years, before McRae's split with replacement co-driver Nicky Grist in 2002 reunited the two Scots for 2003. However, the partnership did not yield fresh success and both men lost their seats at Citroën. McRae competed in only three more world rallies, partnered by Nicky Grist on each occasion.

In February 2008, Ringer served as Travis Pastrana's interim co-driver beginning with the second-round, 100 Acre Wood event on 22 February. Pastrana's former co-driver, Christian Edstrom announced his retirement from rallying after one race in January.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former WRC Champion Derek Ringer to Co-Drive for Pastrana at 100 Acre Wood". Rally America. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.