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After sitting out last year’s series, Adrian Coppin will return to the CAMS Australian Rally Championship in 2018. This year, the former Canberran, now Queenslander, will drive a new Peugeot 208 AP4 run out of Western Australia. The Peugeot, run by the West Australian Race Torque Engineering, will push Coppin near the top of the ARC ranks.

The Peugeot 208 AP4 in action during testing.

In exciting news for the championship, national telecommunications carrier, Optus, will partner Coppin. Castrol will also adorn the car, alongside long-time supporters, Augografika. “I am really excited to be able to announce the partnership with Optus and Castrol,” Coppin said. “Both companies are household brands and I think that their involvement with my team and with rallying is an important step forward in the development of the CAMS ARC.

Optus featured prominently at the Coffs Jetty SSS at Rally Australia, and will now partner Adrian Coppin. Photo: Geoff Ridder

“I’m also really pleased that my long-time supporters, Autografika, are back for another year.” Stepping up from previous national championship stints in mostly front-wheel drive cars, he’s confident with the package. “I tested the car before Christmas and it is undoubtedly the best rally car I have ever driven,” Coppin said. “It does everything as you'd expect, and I felt immediately comfortable behind the wheel.” The first round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship begins with the Eureka Rally on the first weekend of March, based out of Ballarat.
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