Activ RallySport ready for Rally of Canberra
- 5th March 2009, 8:56pm
After gearbox problems slowed their progress in round one of the championship in Tasmania last month, the pairing of Justin Dowel and Matt Lee are eager to get back onto the gravel in one of the championshipâ€™s most popular rallies.
Based in the nationâ€™s capital, the Rally of Canberra has attracted the cream of Australian rallying, and the battle for a place in the top five will be hard fought.
Dowel and Lee head to Canberra confident of a good showing in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, with changes to the carâ€™s suspension expected to make the car faster.
However a pre-event testing accident left the car battered and bruised, and gave the team plenty of late-night work in order to get repairs completed before Fridayâ€™s sponsor shakedown.
â€œIt was an unfortunate accident during our test session, and meant that we couldnâ€™t complete all the suspension testing weâ€™d hoped to,â€ driver Justin Dowel said today.
â€œThe car looked a bit second hand, but thanks to our dedicated crew and some amazing help from the Neal Bates Motorsport team, we have been able to get the car repaired and now canâ€™t wait for the rally to begin.â€
Despite the pre-event crash, Dowel and Lee are still aiming for a top five finish in the Rally of Canberra, which will be conducted over 10 special stages and 177 competitive kilometres.
â€œOf course weâ€™re not as well prepared as we had hoped to be,â€ co-driver Matt Lee said, â€œbut we still think we can push for a top five result and improve on our points haul in the ARC.
â€œWe havenâ€™t come all this way and given our team extra work to go home early.
â€œAt the last gravel event of 2008 we showed some really encouraging speed, and we hope we can take that into this weekendâ€™s event.â€
Thursdayâ€™s pre-event reconnaissance has shown that the Rally of Canberra stages will be typically rough and challenging, and a real test on the cars. The Lancerâ€™s ruggedness is sure to be an advantage for the Activ RallySport team, with warm and dry weather predicted over the weekend.
This weekend also sees the official launch of Activ RallySportâ€™s brand new website, which has been under construction over the past few months. With an emphasis on the teamâ€™s fans, the site will include regular updates on the team during events, as well as rally photos and video clips of the team in action.
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