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Next weekend you will find a dedicated group of spectators, officials and rally teams in the forests surrounding Burnie in the North West of Tasmania. The fact that it is possibly going to be wet and rather chilly doesn’t deter these people – as the excitement of seeing the State's best drivers taking on the gravel roads in a variety of high performance rally cars is enough to keep the adrenalin flowing.

The DSA Rally Team of Mark Butcher (driver) and Jess Nicholson (navigator) will be driving their black Subaru WRX to the limit, trying to catch series leader Lynn Rattray who is also driving a Subaru WRX.

Currently sitting in equal fourth place in the series, the DSA team has just completed a range of work to try and improve the traction and handling of the Subaru and are confident of another strong result.

“We had some set up problems that we knew about at the last rally and we have now managed to resolve these so that the car will have more traction and improved handling and stability. We don’t have many excuses now so we will be going flat out to try and get a good finish and score some strong points in the series,” said Butcher.

Navigator Jess is flying in from Sydney again for the event. “Tassie roads are awesome and I can't wait to get stuck into the rally with Mark and see if we can get a good result for the team. It’s a long way from Sydney traffic – but it's certainly a great way to enjoy the fantastic Tasmanian scenery!” said Nicholson.

The North West Car Club are the team behind the event being held on July 18 starting from the Bayside Motel, Burnie at 8.30am. This is a great chance for families to come down and meet the crews and check out the cars before they get covered in mud. The event runs all day and crews will cover over 150 kilometres of rally driving on closed roads.

DSA invites anyone interested in attending to contact them directly on 1300 880 956. Spectating at this extreme sport does require some preparation and DSA can help you with the information you need – or better still you can follow the team on the day.

With the WRC (World Rally Championship) Rally approaching quickly, Mark and the team are still confident of entering and are searching for some small sponsors to make it easier to get to NSW in September. Any companies interested in supporting a young privateer team should contact DSA.

DSA would like to thank Subaru Australia, AJL Mechanical, Chiptorque for their valued support.

More information on the DSA Rally Team can be found at www.driverskillsaustralia.com .

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