Ford drivers confident before Rally of Canberra
The Pirtek Rally Team has completed preparations for this weekend’s third round of the NEC Australian Rally Championship, the Rally of Canberra.
The team of Michael Guest and Darren Windus completed a full day’s testing of the Super 2000 Ford Fiestas in the Tidbinbilla region of the ACT.
The test was a major shakedown of a range of new components including sway bars, hand brakes and Narva lighting systems.
The test went to plan with both drivers pleased with outcome.
"An excellent way to start our week in Canberra,’ said Michael Guest.
"Not only did we fully evaluate all the changes on the cars, but we also improved the set-up throughout the day.
"After the recent round in Western Australia we were confident of the reliability. Now the inclusion of the hand brake and sway bars has really strengthened the package.
Both drivers evaluated different sway bar set-ups, before settling on a package for the weekend.
"The advantage of having two cars is that you can try different things at the same time,’ said Windus.
"That gave us the opportunity to settle on the basic set-up, and then we were able to further refine that throughout the day.
"After the first two events I now feel a lot more confident in knowing what is required to improve the car. After today’s successful test I’m really looking forward to the weekend."
The Rally of Canberra will provide plenty of challenges this weekend, one of them being a full forest stage in the night time.
"It’s been well over ten years since the last full-on night time stage," said Guest.
"Both Darren and I are looking forward to the challenge.
"Importantly we have established a very strong partnership with renowned automotive lighting specialists Narva. They have provided us with an excellent lighting system for the Bluetts stage on Friday evening.
"Night time rallying is about confidence. With the excellent lighting package from Narva I’m sure we can really light-up the time sheets."
The Pirtek Rally Team will continue preparations tomorrow, then both crews taking part in reconnaissance on Thursday. The Rally of Canberra gets underway Friday evening.