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Mark Pedder and co-driver Claire Dowling continued to taste success in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, finishing on the podium at last weekend’s Malaysian Rally. Meanwhile on the other side of the World Adrian Coppin ramped up his Rally Germany adventure with a successful test session.
 

Adrian Coppin
 
“We arrived at testing about 40km from Trier in the pouring rain! The stage itself is about 3.4km long and is in the same region where the rally runs through the vineyards, and it was everything you imagine watching Rally Germany on TV.”
 
“The stage had all the usual stuff I’ll encounter this weekend – square junctions, tight hairpins, winding up hill and then really fast across the top, with some big cutting corners – so far it’s been amazing.”
 
“The rain gave me a chance to try a wet setup the team’s engineer suggested and straight away I was surprised by how much grip and traction the car had despite the conditions. By about lunchtime it’d started to dry so we changed the setup and the car felt even better again.”
 
“It was the perfect day actually, to test both a wet and dry setup and to have the car feel really good in both, that gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the weekend.”
 
“I also felt a lot more confident giving feedback to the team about the setup than I did a year ago when I competed in Croatia. At that stage I’d not driven the car before or rallied on tarmac, so I had no idea what the setup options were or how they affected the car. This time everything has felt so much more familiar and we’ve been able to make good progress.”
 
“Having Dale (Moscatt) with me in the car too has already been massively beneficial. We’ve really clicked straight away and he’s already showing me ways I can improve on my pace notes.”
 
“Finally the car looks great, the team did a great job to sticker it up with lots of coverage for Rally Australia. It’s been amazing to have their support behind me and to be able to compete in Germany and raise promotion for our own Round of the World Rally Championship in Coffs Harbour next month.”
 
Mark Pedder
 
“A really tough weekend, but in the end a pretty good result. We’re sitting pretty comfortably in third in the Championship and even though I’m going to miss the next Round in Japan I’m confident that we can hold onto that position when we get to the following Round in China.”
 
“What an amazing rally though! On the Friday we had more rain than I think I’ve ever seen in my life and it made the Super Special Stage pretty much undrivable. On the Saturday it was drier, still very tricky under the palm trees with grip, but we had a serious brake issue where basically after 9km into each stage we had very, very little to no brakes at all.”
 
“We managed to get them fixed at the midday service, but then we had what the locals call a shower but I’d call a massive storm, and again the roads were extremely slippery and difficult.”
 
“The stages themselves were like nothing I’ve ever driven on before, so incredibly different but different in a really enjoyable way. The roads for sure were tough but we’re all competing on the same roads so you just get on with the job.”
 
“The organization was incredible, on one of the 27km stages there were something like 187 junctions, and every single one of them had a marshal. The whole rally ran on time throughout the weekend, despite the weather, which is amazing.”
 
“I think for me the toughest thing was the heat, even though I’d expected it and prepared for it. I stood on the scales at the end of the weekend and I’d lost 4 and a half kilos. We were drinking about 12-14 litres of water a day just to stay hydrated!”

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