Denyer gives rallying the thumbs up
- 9th November 2006, 10:31am
The Sunrise weatherman, who also finished in the top 10 in this year’s Bathurst 1000, completed the first two days of the popular tarmac rally, before heading back to Sydney due to work commitments.
“V8 Supercars is certainly great fun, but this (the Mt Buller Sprint) is the most exciting form of motorsport I’ve ever done,” Denyer said.
“It’s just you, the car, and the road – it’s an amazing buzz.”
Denyer was co-driven by 2005 Australian Rally Champion Co-driver, Dale Moscatt, and the pair have gelled well in the car, despite Denyer’s lack of pacenoting experience.
They first competed together at Targa West, but unfortunately that was an event cut short for the factory MINI team, who withdrew after two stages when Peter Brock was killed.
“Grant is a great talent and is learning fast,” Moscatt said. “We actually live close to each other in Sydney, and we have got along really well in the car and have formed a great partnership.”
The pair’s times were on a par with former Mitsubishi Ralliart works driver, Spencer Lowndes, despite a MINI that had some electrical problems over the weekend.
Denyer’s work commitments intervened after two days at Buller, and although he was happy to be returning to Sydney to present a cheque for $100,000 to charity, he said he would much rather have stayed at Mt Buller.
“The most disappointing part of the weekend is having to leave early,” Denyer added. “I’ll be coming back for another run at Mt Buller, that’s for sure.”
Herald Sun motoring journalist, James Stanford, substituted for Denyer on the final day of the event, also doing an impressive job.
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