Eli Evans after first Quit Forest Rally win
- 13th March 2012, 5:36pm
Evans and Weston will be competing in the Two-Wheel-Drive Australian Rally Championship in a Honda Jazz.
The pair took the opening round of the Bosch ARC at Rally Calder earlier this month but know the pressure will be on when they hit the forests of Western Australia.
“I’m really looking forward to Perth now, I think the Quit Forest Rally is where the Jazz G2 will come into its own in the Two-Wheel-Drive class,” Evans said.
“The Jazz feels quite neat to drive, it’s pretty wide and quite short and it’s got a lot of suspension travel, basically it just fells like a tough car. Any sort of bump or ditch in the road that you’d normally cringe and think, this is going to hurt. It just seems to float over it, which is a great confidence builder heading over West.”
“I also had Guy Wilks testing and setting up the cars with me in Italy earlier this year so his experience was crucial. He showed me a few little tricks and when someone with his experience is showing you how to drive you just sit back and listen,” Evans continued.
Evans has been driving a Honda since 2010 and with the Bosch ARC moving towards a new generation of Two-Wheel-Drive rally cars he is sitting in a comfortable position knowing he has a drive locked in and a few years advantage in the car.
“Apparently my crystal ball was pretty accurate,” Evans jokes. “Seriously though, we decided to go with the Two-Wheel-Drive because we believed it was going to be the future of the sport and Honda were interested, and it’s all paid off,” he said.
“Now other manufactures are looking at getting involved and I’ve got a pretty secure seat at the moment so I couldn’t be happier with Honda,” he continued.
Honda Australia has increased their involvement in the Bosch ARC in 2012 with Mark Pedder and Claire Ryan joining Evans and Weston in the team which is being run by Evans Motorsport.
The Quit Forest Rally will also include rounds of the Australian Four-Wheel-Drive Australian Championship, West Australian Rally Championship, Quit Forest Rally Moto, Western Australian Clubman Cup Series and the Busselton Toyota Super Sprint.
With more than 150 cars and bikes expected to compete across the weekend (March 30 – 1 April) the Quit Forest Rally is a motorsport extravaganza you don’t want to miss.
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