Celtic Motorsport embark on 2011 ARC
- 12th April 2011, 2:31pm
2011 will see the team at Rallyschool.com.au tackle the all new Australian Rally Championship in their Mitsubishi Evo. Driver Charlie Drake and new co-driver for round 1, Matt Harriott, will make the long trek west to compete in the premier league class in the Quit Forest Rally. It will be the team's first time competing on the tricky Western Australian event.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that the team decided to have one more crack at the premier league this year. After talking to Mick Ryan from Rallyschool.com.au and Darren "Dasher" Williams from Dashsport and Performance, who again confirmed their support for the team this year, the decision was made to compete in the new and exciting ARC.
"I'm really excited about the ARC this year and all the team is really looking forward to being part of the revitalised ARC," Charlie Drake said.
"I had the car all but sold in Febuary but after Mick and Dasher confirmed that they again would sponsor us if we decided to keep the car, the decision was made to hang on to the Evo and try and build on a disappointing year last year. Once the decision was made to keep the car, the excitement started building immediately and I just can't wait to tackle the stages in WA."
"I remember going to the WRC Rally Australia in 2003 and watching greats like McRae and Makkinen tackle the tricky ball bearing covered stages. The stages have caught out the best in the world and now to finally get the opportunity to drive on them is both exciting and daunting. It will be the first rally in anger since our premature departure from the Coffs Coast Rally last year so a steady approach is needed to make sure the car and crew is brought home safely. This will also be the first time Matt Harriott and I will have met so it will be a challenge to build a relationship before we do recce on Thursday, but I'm confident we can do a good job together," Drake added.
"All going well we intend to do WA, Qld, SA and NSW ARC rounds and we will see how we are going in the race for the premier league before we decide on Rally Victoria as I'm getting married the weekend after that rally. It's really important to get some good points in WA and have a consistent year. Last year we won the premier class in Rally Tasmania but then a silly mistake in Coffs put an end to our season so it will be slow and steady this year to make sure we complete every stage and hopefully a few good consistent results will have us in contention for the premier class."
Celtic Motorsport would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support for 2011.....Rallyschool.com.au ...Dashsport and Performance..Claddagh Transport and Haulage and Milford Excavations..
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