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2011 2WD Australian Rally Champions, Razvan Vlad and Daymon Nicoli, will not defend their title in 2012. The team will upgrade the Ford Fiesta ST to Group A specifications and use 2012 as a test and development year.

“2011 was a great season for me, it was the first time I took part in the ARC and we finished with the best possible result,” said Razvan. “It was a big commitment for our MAXYrally.com team and everybody did an excellent job, proving that a professional privateer team can succeed at the highest level of the sport in Australia.

“Looking back at 2011 I really enjoyed the chance to compete in international events, and both myself and Daymon would like to do that again in the future. This is why we made the decision to keep our car FIA compliant and not take advantage of the new G2 regulations introduced in the ARC. It was a difficult choice, because a G2 car would have more power and would be lighter, but we would not be able to enter any international rallies and this was important for us.”

Razvan and Daymon will compete in the WA Rally Championship, starting with the Forest Rally in Busselton which will be an opportunity to test the speed of the Group A Fiesta against the other 2WD ARC cars and will set the benchmark for furrther development. The team may also contest a few rounds of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.

Razvan will also continue to drive for Hyundai on selected tarmac rallies in 2012, joined by his wife and long time tarmac navigator, Ioana. They were successful in Targa West and Targa Tasmania for the past four years, driving a Hyundai i30 CRDi, and are hoping to challenge for a podium this year in a new car.

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