Ian Parker talks about why carbon offsetting is important for him and motorsport.
Carbon positive motorsport was established with the purpose to create the greatest level of carbon offsetting in all motorsport disciplines, to benefit the environment and also to help make motorsport sustainable for future generations to enjoy.
To make that level of adoption possible, we need competitors at all levels to get involved in making a change, and to make carbon offsetting part of their normal event routines.
In the first of our customer spotlights, we ask customers to share why they feel it’s important for them to use carbon offsetting. This week we ask Ian Parker, a regular competitor on road rallies and targas, to share his reasons to offset and his plans for the year ahead.
Ian – what has motivated you to use carbon offsetting?
I'm really happy to offset more emissions than the 206 uses when competing on SW Road Rallies and Targas. I think as a sport we should all be doing something environmentally positive to ensure that Motorsport remains viable for the future. I've had so much fun competing over the years and want my kids to experience the same highs too. Three of them are competing on the Stu Wood Targa in April so we'll have a three car Carbon Positive team on the event!.
How’s this season been for you so far?
I'm doing the SW Road Rally championship this year and so far it's been rather a challenge. I missed the Bagger due to last minute work reasons, the Primrose we had a multitude of problems on the night (it was also my son's first ever event on the maps) but we got a finish. On the Baby Bagger we missed a main time control, so although we got to the end we weren't classified as finishers. We're hoping to have better luck in the second half of the season, but the main thing is to have fun!
You have been involved in an interesting project and car?
The car is a 1400cc 8v Peugeot 206. It's running to more or less the same spec as the Demon Worx 206 Trophy which, hopefully will be running in 2023. Demon Worx are looking after the car and noting any potential issues or improvements that could be made for the championship next year.
Photo credit: Andy Manson M&H Photography
It only costs a little to make a big difference for the sport, so whether you're a competitor or spectator, why not join with us to help make motorsport sustainable.
For more information, or to become Carbon Positive yourself, visit carbonpositivemotorsport.com