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The DSA Rally Team are all set for the final round of the 2009 North West Car Club (TAS) rally series which they are currently leading. The team has had some great support from Cricks Subaru in Tweed (NSW) and performance engine management company ChipTorque in Nerang (QLD) who assisted with getting the car repaired after several problems developed in the World Championship Rally (WRC) two weeks ago.
“We had a disappointing rally in Northern NSW with our usually reliable Subaru WRX developing a few strange problems – however we have managed to overcome these issues and with the help of our sponsors we are able to compete this weekend in the final round of the NWCC series – which we are leading. We are aiming for a top finish – and if we can finish in the top 2 we will take out the championship which would be a great reward after the hard work our team and sponsors have put in to get us here. It would be even sweeter after our poor result at Rally Australia” said driver Butcher.
The Group A Subaru WRX had to have a complete engine swap while the team were on holidays after the WRC event. Driver Mark Butcher and co-driver James Heinrich with the help of Cricks Subaru managed to wheel the car in, swap engines and drive it back out the same day.
The car was then delivered to the team at ChipTorque in Nerang for a full diagnostic check up and engine tune. “We dropped the car off and came back from our holiday with it tuned up and ready to go. We were really pleased with the way ChipTorque listened to our requests and set the car up perfectly to maximise power and reliability with the 34mm restrictor” said Butcher.
The final round of the series starts at the Yolla Tavern, Yolla, Tasmania with the first car getting away around 4pm. The event itself will be run mostly at night – creating a new challenge as there are very few night rallies held anywhere in Australia anymore.
Spectator points are available and the event organisers are expecting a good turn out and have received some great support in the local media.
“We had over 70,000 spectators at Rally Australia – and although the crowds this weekend will be smaller – we are here to put on a good show!” said Butcher.
The DSA Team would like to thank Subaru Australia, Cricks Tweed and Murbah, ChipTorque, Masons Sign Worx and AJL for their continued support.
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