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KME Rallye Sport have had a dream debut of their new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 after having competed in the first rounds of both the Victorian and the Australian Rally Championships recently.

After having completed less than 10km of testing, driver Brenton Kaitler and co-driver Jenna Kelley teamed up to shake the car down at the VRC opener, the Cerberus Stages in Gippsland on March 24. Knowing that the car had to be taken to Queensland for the first round of the ARC the following weekend, a tentative approach was taken. However their result – equal second outright – was deemed very successful for a car which was not even completed 24 hours prior to the start.

Immediately following the event, the Kaitler Motorsport Engineeering team took off for Queensland, giving the car nothing more than a minor service in the days between events. Again the game plan was to finish the event with no punctures and to let the results look after themselves. Gravel rallying virgin, Tracey Button, took the co-driver’s seat and the team were immediately on the pace, being rewarded with eighth outright on Saturday and tenth outright on Sunday. Given the ARC points system, the team now sit in fifth outright position in the Australian Rally Championship after just one event.

According to driver, Brenton Kaitler, Kaitler Motorsport Engineering have done an amazing job to get the Evo prepared in such a short time as the car only arrived from Japan in late November last year. The reliability of the car has also been a factor in the results, the car running a standard engine, computer, gearbox and Ralliart differentials.

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