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Three-time Australian Rally Championship winner, Eli Evans, will have a new co-driver alongside him in his Mini Cooper AP4 this year. Following the retirement of his long-time partner and championship winner, Glen Weston, Evans was forced to find a new pace note caller for 2018. He quickly came to the decision that experienced West Australian, Ben Searcy, was the man for the job.
Ben Searcy

Ben Searcy has secured the coveted ride alongside Eli Evans this year.

“Ben was a natural choice. Anyone he sits next to wins,” Evans told RallySport Magazine.
Evans and Searcy have competed together just once – at last year’s Akademos Rally in Victoria – however, that event was cut short with technical issues in the Mini. They will also contest selected pacenoted state level events in a bid to get further experience together, and to further test the Mini.
Searcy sat beside Simon Evans in the 2016 Australian Rally Championship. Photo: Peter Whitten

Searcy sat beside Simon Evans in the 2016 Australian Rally Championship. Photo: Peter Whitten

This season they’ll contest the full Australian Rally Championship after a year of development in the crowd-pleasing Mini Cooper.
Evans jokingly says his goal for 2018 is “to win every stage of the ARC”, a feat that would guarantee him his fourth Australian Rally Championship title.
Searcy co-drove for Simon Evans in the 2015 and 2016 Australian Championships, In 2017 he sat beside Brendan Reeves (taking victory at the Coromandel Rally in New Zealand), with Simon Evans at the Otago Rally and the Rally of the Heartland, and with Nathan Quinn in the Forest Rally, Rally SA and Rally Australia.
Ben Searcy (right) teamed up with Brendan Reeves to win the Coromandel Rally in New Zealand in 2017. Photo: Geoff Ridder

Ben Searcy (right) teamed up with Brendan Reeves to win the Coromandel Rally in New Zealand in 2017. Photo: Geoff Ridder

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