Evans happy after latest Mazda2 test
- 10th July 2012, 8:51am
Evans comments follow another test and more time behind the wheel of the G2 spec Rallyschool.com.au Mazda2.
Evans completed his third test session in the car, this time in wet and muddy conditions in the forests around Powelltown East of Melbourne and came away with no doubt the two wheel drive format will be a winner among drivers.
Despite single digit temperatures the test was also observed keenly by senior Mazda executives on hand to observe the performance of the new G2 machine.
"Mazda definitely has interest in what the Rallyschool.com.au team is doing with the Mazda2," Simon Evans said.
"I think a few other manufacturers are also waiting to see how the Australian built Mazda2 goes against the European built Honda Jazzes."
"I'm really impressed by the quality Mick Ryan and the team at Rallyschool have produced. It's a great car that's been built properly and built to be driven fast."
"I've driven a lot of different cars over the years and I feel the future of Australian rally is two wheel drive.
"Manufacturers are building and selling two wheel drives, they are what the public are buying and it's what we need to be racing."
According to car owner and builder, Mick Ryan, Evans' comments were echoed by the attending Mazda executives and the test went well despite the inclement weather.
"Mazda said the car was well built and a very professional car," said Mick Ryan.
"It was a positive test, we had no dramas and it was good to have different conditions to the last two tests particularly given we could well have rain and muddy conditions wen the car debuts at the end of the month."
Evans was also surprised at how easy it was to read what the car was doing across all conditions and can't wait to get behind the wheel again for competitive Bosch Australian Rally Championship stages in a few weeks' time when the Mazda makes its debut at the Scouts Rally of South Australia.
"The car was very predictable - which was a really nice feeling," added Evans.
"It's a real drivers' car which rewards aggression."
"You can become quite lazy in a four wheel drive but you really have to drive the G2 spec cars and keep the momentum up and be aggressive through the turns."
The fourth round of the Bosch ARC, the Scouts Rally of SA, takes place July 28-29. Evans' younger brother Eli Evans has dominated the opening half of the Bosch two wheel drive ARC but Simon is hoping the Mazda will put an end to Eli's charge.
"I just want to beat my brother!" Simon Evans declared.
More than 2.5 million Australians will see the Bosch ARC on TV in 2012 and the series will generate more than 36 hours of national television across the Ten/One HD network - a media equivalency value exceeding $6 million. The Bosch Australian Rally Championship also receives support from- multi-national fuel and lubricant giant BP as the primary fuel supplier and for the third year Korean tyre giant Kumho as the exclusive tyre supplier for the championship.
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