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DustTrails, Episode 1: Michael Guest in the WRC

Australian rally driver, Michael Guest, has sensationally revealed that he was facing the death penalty before competing in a World Rally Championship round in 1999.

Guest was in the first year of a three-year program contesting the World Rally Championship when officials impounded his car and shut down the WRC service park.

In an exclusive interview for RallySport Magazine's DustTrails podcast, Guest tells how the story unfolded, and how for a while, he was fearing for his life.

His car had been forcibly removed from an impound at the service park prior to the rally when Guest arrived at 7am.

"I'm looking at it and thinking that I'm smelling a rat here. This is not right as there's three dogs running in and out of my car," Guest said.

"The next thing they lift up the back seat of the rally car and they've got a bag of something, and they're all clapping and cheering.

Michael Guest (left) and his WRC co-driver, David Green in 1998.
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Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
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