Galliard

Galliard

In 2011, Galliard surpassed Wolfie as the oldest team in the Club100 premier championship. Although they disbanded at the end of the following season, the team had a long and successful tenure, dating as far back as 1999.

The team was formed by Paul Williams, Chris Hoyle, Mike Ackers and James Godfrey as Yellow Peril. They made their debut in the old Class B endurance championship and a solid debut season saw them finish sixth in the standings. Ackers left at the end of the year to focus on running his son Jamie but the trio of Williams, Godfrey and Hoyle won the championship and were promoted to the Class A championship for 2001.

Rebranding as Carillion, they fared well and scored a couple of wins on their way to 8th overall. With the dawn of the premier series and the influx of top teams and drivers from the sprint series, success was harder to follow over the next few years but the team remained a consistent mid fielder, picking up the odd podium. Williams and Hoyle were permanent fixtures in the team, the third driver was often changing from year to year and Galliard boasted some of the big names in Club100 including Phil Ingram, Charlie Bruce-White, Andy Baker, Andy “Mutley” Cowell, Dave “Psycho” Lewis, Alex Kapadia, Jamie Crease, Jonny Goddard, Lee Kemp, Trevor Randall and the acclaimed Club100 TV commentator, Sprint race reporter, DVD producer and now rather horizontally challenged Chris Simpson to name but a few.

The team’s most successful campaign in latter seasons came after they signed the legend that is Eddie Hall. With his utter talent, charisma and boyish good looks, the team went on to secure a number of podium finishes during the 2010 season. Alas, with the sad passing of Chris Hoyle the following year, this would be the last season in which the team stood on the podium. Despite multiple sprint and endurance champion Trevor Randall joining mid-way through 2011, results failed to materialise and the team disbanded by mutual consent at the end of the 2012 season.

They left the Club100 championship having at the time competed in more premier endurance races than any other team. As well as their long career on the track, they will also be remembered for their exploits off it, including their contributions to the Spa 10 Hour DVD’s, the adventures of the Galliard shed, the misadventures of the Galliard Fleece and Eddie Hall throwing up in a Wheelie Bin at Spa-Francorchamp in 2010.

Club100 Career

2005 Premier Endurance Championship 6th
2006 Premier Endurance Championship 16th
2007 Premier Endurance Championship 12th
2008 Premier Endurance Championship 7th
2009 Premier Endurance Championship 9th
2010 Premier Endurance Championship 7th
2011 Premier Endurance Championship 11th
2012 Premier Endurance Championship 11th

Associated Drivers

Eddie Hall
Paul Williams