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Australian rallying will be boosted by the debut of another new AP4 spec car in November’s Kennards Hire Rally Australia. Tasmanians Marcus and Scott Walkem were set to unveil the car at this month’s Rally SA, but the car isn’t quite finished, and the team have made the decision to postpone the debut until Rally Australia. The left-hand drive Peugeot 208 is the car that Mark Pedder drove in last year’s Australian Rally Championship, and the one Eli Evans campaigned in the first two rounds of this year’s series. Originally built to ‘Maxi Car’ specification, the car has been converted to AP4 spec by Perth based company Race Torque Engineering. “The car is basically finished, but we thought it would be too tight to get to SA. The plan is definitely to do Coffs Harbour,” Walkem told RallySport Magazine. “We’re hoping to do some testing in WA in the coming weeks.” The car will run the same 1.6-litre engine it used last year, but with a different turbocharger and manifold. Other changes include changing the thickness of the windows to bring it in line with the AP4 regulations. “It’s been good to have a break, but Scott and I can’t wait to get back in the car now,” Walkem added. The brothers previously campaigned a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
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