Very sad news today from GT Cup of the passing of Technical Coordinator Phil Boland who passed away peacefully at home yesterday surrounded by his family after a short illness.
Phil started his motorsport career in rallying in the late sixties.
Success as both a driver and co-driver followed and on the 1978 RAC Rally he was Henri Toivonen’s Co-Driver in a Ford Escort.
He remained in Rally for several years with the likes of Peter Clarke, Jean-Pierre Nicolas and Kyösti Hämäläinen, making lifelong friends along the way.
In the 80’s he switched codes and ran and raced in a variety of different fields including Formula Ford and Sierra Cosworths.
As a Tutor at Myerscough College, he led the college Motorsport programme as Team Manager and shared his passion with his students, not to mention young drivers.
Phil was a devoted Husband to Annette, a Father to three daughters: Rachael, Sarah and Joanna, and a delight to encounter in the paddock or elsewhere.
A GT Cup statement today says:
“In the GT Cup paddock Phil was not just the man we turned to with a technical query, he was the ‘go-to’ guy we sought for counsel and guidance, whether to help understand a situation or to simply draw on his experience. He was always kind with his time and attentive to the issue, quietly considering the matter before giving you his opinion. He was endearing, with humility and a wonderful sense of humour who we will all miss greatly.”