ARC heats up at Canberra’s Netier National Capital Rally
- 31st May 2018, 3:05pm
Kosciuszko Automotive Rally Team’s Andrew Penny is another who will have a keen interest in another competitor – Queensland young gun Wayne Morton, who will be piloting Penny’s rare Subaru WRX STi GC8, with Penny’s daughter Kirra in the co-driver’s seat. Penny made the generous offer to loan the car to Morton and Penny after it looked like engine failure in heat two in WA had ended the pair’s 2018 ARC campaign – lack of time, parts and funds had grounded Morton’s Toyota Corolla S2000. Of the GC8, Penny said: “The car is a genuine two-door 1998 model, very few of them around. I built it for Kirra and my son to drive and Kirra will be in it this weekend so that’s close enough.” Based in Jindabyne, the Netier National Capital Rally is as close as Penny gets to a local event and it’s one he loves. “Canberra is fantastic, it’s two rallies in one. One half super fast and smooth and then day two is a bit rough and technical, not as fast, but tight and twisty. “Driving through the city is quite fun as it gets the locals interest to see race cars driving through the city.” Leading the APRC field will be New Zealand driver Mike Young, with Aussie co-driver Scott Beckwith, in the CUSCO Racing Toyota Vitz – essentially a Yaris – setting up a much anticipated showdown with Bates’ Yaris AP4, the cars build from the same shell to slightly different regulations. Young will be followed by teammates Yuya Sumiyama and Takahiro Yasui who will pilot a Skoda Fabia R5 and Fabio Friserio and Jordi Barrabes Costa, lining up in a Peugeot 208 AP4. Competitors in the Tech Workz ACT Regional Rally Series will also battle for The Mike Bell Trophy, a multi-club event named in honour of one of Australian rallying’s most loved competitors and administrators. The Netier National Capital Rally kicks off on Friday afternoon with a ceremonial start from 4pm at Garema Place in the city. Saturday’s heat one is focused around the Kowen Forest area east of the city, before moving to the west of Canberra on Sunday for the narrow, technical stages off Brindabella and Paddys River Roads.
Buckle up it’s rally week!! 💥🙌🎉🎊🚙💨💙 -@famouscarsbikes @subaruaustralia -#subaru #subarudo #subarudomotorsport #rally #wrx #sti #domoreofthegoodstuff #mysubie #bluearmy #australianrallychampionship #allwheeldrive #leswalkdenrallying #nationalcap… https://t.co/kT46142RGr pic.twitter.com/FdUeO3z5pn— Molly Taylor (@MollyRally) May 27, 2018
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