Dalton ready to take on Canberra’s heavyweights
- 6th May 2019, 8:42am
"We've been working on the set-up on the slow speed corners, and have fitted shorter gear ratios," he added."Hopefully we can be a bit closer to the factory cars as we really learned a lot from our first trip to WA." The National Capital Rally is the Australian championship's first one-day rally for many years, with two-day events the norm. It's a format that has proven popular with competitors, but also means that drivers won't have the opportunity to work their way into the event. "A one-day rally means you have to go flat out from the very first stage," Dalton said. "The rally is being held in the Brindabella Ranges outside Canberra - roads that are twisty and technical, and can also be very rough. "It will be a real challenge to set a fast pace, while also staying out of trouble and ensuring we bring the car home in one piece." Aside from the factory Toyotas, Subaru's Molly Taylor will also be a front runner, as will the Hyundai i20 of Darren Windus, and the Mitsubishi Lancers of Adrian Coppin and Mick Patton. Fellow Irishman, JJ Hatton, will also be hard to beat in his Hyundai i20. "This year's competition is tougher than it's been for many years," Dalton said.
"The Bates boys are on home turf, so they'll be very fast. If we have a clean run, however, we're confident that we can push for a podium finish."The National Capital Rally will be held over eight stages on Saturday, May 11, with a total competitive distance of 144 kilometres. The longest stage is the 27km Sherwood test, which will be run twice. Shamrock Motorsport's assault on the Australian Rally Championship is supported by Activ Rallysport, Border Crane Consultants, G&H Civil Contractors and Aus Direct Hire.
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