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Principal - John Hardy

Over 25 years of British National Rally Championship experience and class wins behind him, John has helped many British Championship drivers as an Instructor at Castle Coombe Rally school.

He has competed in Ford escort and Sierra Cosworth, Renault Clio Williams I, Vauxhall Nova SR and GSi, Peugeot 306 GTi6 and 106 XSi, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4 and Evo 6, Seat Cupra Sport and on the Silkway Rally in a MAN L90 Race Truck.

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Sponsor and Partnerships Manager - Dean Faulkner

Whilst not involved in car, Dean is responsible for the commercial side of the team. He has over 17 years’ experience in sports marketing across a wide number of sports both in the UK and globally. He is responsible for securing and maintaining all of our partner relationships.

Dean is also involved with general team management and social media plans as well as running his own business, IML Sports Marketing.


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Jade Paveley

Jade is a Championship winning driver, her first title coming back in 2009 in Junior Karts.
Having stepped up to senior status a year later, Jade drove for Mazda Europe in Britcar and goes on to race in the 24hr Race at Silverstone. She becomes the youngest person at that time to compete in a 24 hour endurance race. In the ensuing years, Jade gets to drive in the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Jade has also featured in the Motorsport News Championship where she push to the limit in her Subaru Impreza – achieving 5th overall in the Championship. Jade has driven at the request of Jaguar their one-off F-Type Jaguar Rally Car on a number of occasions too.

Jade is on a mission for the coming season to both win Championships and raise the profile of women in motorsport. The journey to the Dakar Rally will give her the opportunity to do both.

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Hannah Davison (Co-Driver)

Hannah is part of MSUK co-driver Academy and has grown up around Motorsport, helping her Dad in his workshop preparing various rally cars for UK and international events.

She has been competing as a Navigator for 7 years and has a wealth of experience in competitions such as the Welsh Forestry Championship

in 4WD car, Gravel Events in both RWD and 4WD cars with multiple drivers both nationally and internationally.
She has a class win in the Trackrod Rally, and in 2019 competed in the BTRDA Rally Championship (bizarrely in completion to Claire – see below)
Her aim is for more international experience which she will certainly get with the Excite team.

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Claire Williams (Co-Driver)

Claire has competed at a variety of off-road rally championships including the prestigious Wales Rally GB.
She can boast various event wins including the FMP Challenge, British Rally Championship Challenge and the BTRDA Rally Championship.

Claire is also a qualified rally marshal and rally stage commander.
Her aim like ours is to drive on the European off-road series and to compete at then Dakar Rally.


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Mike Jackson

Mike is the brains behind the mechanics team. Set him a challenge and he’ll rise to it. It’s great to have him onboard as an integral part of the team.

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Aaron Brimblecombe

Aaron can’t be kept away from the team. A hard worker who puts in hours of work getting the cars to up to competition standard. His passion for motor racing in general and rallying in particular shines through all he does for us.
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Paul Brimblecombe

Paul has been involved in the rally world with team principal John Hardy for more years than either would care to remember. He is a great asset to the team and a font of knowledge on all things cars.
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Benjamin okey

Ben is constantly on the go, when he’s not in the air, as a Structures Examiner, skiing or on the water he can be found in a car. His interest in rallying and motors has grown into a real passion for endurance races.

He has a degree in Civil Engineering, IRATA (Abseiling) Level 2 and RYA (Instructor) sailing qualifications, having competed at National Level himself – achieving 7th in Laser class.

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Jack Ridout

Jack may be the youngest member of Excite’s crew but he is highly valued for his refreshing modesty, reliability and can-do attitude; he provides support to both the Technical Crew and the Management Team.

After leaving school, he studied Motor Vehicle Mechanics, with Consultant Phil Okey as course instructor, Jack has a passion for Parkour and is dedicated to a fitness regime with the ultimate aim of joining the Royal Marines.

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Ali Orchard

Ali began her passion for rally as a Radio traffic and travel reporter and a co-drive with John Hardy in 1997. Her best achievements include a Ladies Award, two 2nd in class and a 1st overall.

Ali is also a professional photographer and holds a LGV licence and for seven years was based at Southampton International Airport as a Leading Firefighter (Aviation) and Road Traffic Incident Instructor.


Consultant Phil has been with the team virtually from the outset. He has a depth of knowledge that is invaluable to team.

Team Mascot – TEDDY

Teddy is probably better known than anyone else on the team. He loves overseeing the team in the workshop and is never shy when out and about. He is just awesome. Do show him some love when you see him.