Full-On Rallysport had an excellent start to their 2007 season, competing in in the first round of the ARC at Coates Rally Queensland. Debuting their new car, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6, the team of Bruce Fullerton and Hugh Reardon-Smith improved significantly on their speed from the 2006 event, finishing the rally in 10th over the two heats and keen for the remainder of the 2007 season.

Heat 1

The first three stages of the event were amongst the most challenging to the west of Kandanga, and Bruce and Hugh emerged in 10th outright having set times around one second per kilometre faster than in 2006. The car performed faultlessly and felt strong, with only a standard service required.

The Cutters group of stages saw the team climb to 9th outright, having a ball through the spectator stages, before rising to 7th outright over the last two stages.

This was the highest ever finish by the Full-On Rallysport team in an ARC Heat, and reflected the improved performance of the car and crew over these challenging stages. This result also saw the crew take maximum points in the Privateers’ Challenge, and third outright in the Queensland Championship round.

Heat 2

The team entered Heat 2 with similar determination to Saturday, and again set strong times over the first three stages to be 12th outright at first service. They then rose to 11th outright, just 0.6 seconds off 10th, before catching the sump guard in a creek crossing on Cutters Long, which bent it back under the car and damaged the oil cooler.

This was where the restart option came into play. The car was recovered, the sump guard removed and the oil cooler repaired in time to tackle the final two stages, albeit without a sump guard, having had to take a maximum time on just one stage.

A more circumspect run through these two stages saw the team finish in 14th on the road, dropping to 16th under the restart rules, but still salvaging valuable points.

Coates Rally Queensland ran well with the BSCC team at the helm, and everyone enjoyed seeing the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Corolla S2000 cars for the first time.

The Full-On Rallysport team’s next event is expected to be the Car Auctions Rally of Lithgow in May, before rejoining the ARC in South Australia in August. Thanks must go to the support from Fullerton Financial Services, Prime Haulage and Pioneer Seeds.

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