Rally cars and labradors at RAF base

Senior Aircraftsman Marc Paynter at RAF Fylingdales
Senior Aircraftsman Marc Paynter at RAF Fylingdales

AN AIRCRAFTSMAN from RAF Fylingdales is hitting new heights after achieving success in the force’s nationwide rallying team.

Senior Aircraftsman Marc Paynter only began to compete in races last year but has quickly risen to become a leading driver in the Combined Services Rally Team.

Station Commander Rayna Owens with Oban at RAF Fylingdales

Station Commander Rayna Owens with Oban at RAF Fylingdales

SAC Paynter, originally from Filey, said: “I love driving the cars, it is a real buzz. Although there is a lot of travelling involved, there is nothing like driving at speed in great settings like Dalby Forest.”

He began his rally career as a service engineer before moving on to the driving side of the team and has competed in a number of events already this season, culminating in the Dalby Forest Trackrod Rally, a race he won as a co-driver.

RAF Fylingdales station commander Rayna Owens said: “It is a great honour for Marc to represent the Armed Forces Rally Team and it is not by luck he has reached this high standard. It is a measure of his commitment and hard work. RAF Fylingdales is a small station within the Royal Air Force, however we consistently punch above our weight. Marc is a good example of the quality of service personnel we have here.”

SC Owens is undertaking her own challenge at present, by getting fit and raising money for charity.

She is heavily involved with the Hounds for Heroes charity, along with her husband Paul and Labradors Talisker and Oban, and said: “Hounds for Heroes is a great charity which combines our love of dogs with help for injured servicemen and women as well as emergency services workers - Oban and I are delighted to be able to do our bit to help.”

The pair’s first challenge is the 10 kilometre Yorkshire Terrier race, which takes place at night at Newburgh Priory on 9 March.

To sponsor the SC Owens and Oban, visit www.justgiving.com/Rayna-Owens.