Butcher gets support for Rally Australia
- 11th August 2009, 2:30pm
Cricks Tweed and Murwillumbah have jumped at the chance to back the Australian team of Mark Butcher (Driver) and James Heinrich (Navigator) at the 2009 Repco Rally Australia â€“ a round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Taking place on the fast and scenic roads around the North West coast of New South Wales, the rally kicks off on Thursday September 3 with a special stage set up in the heart of Murwillumbah.
Cricks Tweed and Murwillumbah are the local Subaru dealers and the DSA Rally Team will be there on and off the week before the event giving a few lucky customers the chance to grab a photo and meet the team.
The team will be driving a Subaru WRX â€“ however which car is still a secret with two possible options on the cards. â€œWe are playing the waiting game with a few things and have our existing car being prepared as well as another car available if we can get further backingâ€ said driver Butcher.
Although a bit of an â€˜underdogâ€™ team â€“ recent results indicate the reliability and pace of the current Subaru as promising. Mark, with wife Amy in the navigators seat were 2nd outright at the Oonah Ocker rally held this weekend (August 8) in Tasmania. The team were leading the event after 3 stages but dropped a few seconds when Mark confessed to â€˜over driving the carâ€™. The team still finished only 9 seconds from the leading crew of Pete Oâ€™Reilly and Eddie Mcguire also in a Subaru.
The team are now in the process of over-hauling the current car and will be working with a team of local volunteer mechanics to get it ready for a shakedown in Hobart on August 22 at round 3 of the Tasmanian Rally Series.
â€œWe are really excited and cant wait to mix it up with the worlds best. WRC rallying is the ultimate extreme sport and with people like Valentino Rossi and Kimi Raikkonen already appearing in events the sport will only grow in popularity. We would love to secure more sponsorship to show some of the established teams what we can do â€“ but for now we are just going to go out there and drive as hard and fast as we can and see how we go!â€ said Butcher.
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