Gravel rallying newcomer, Ben Calder, will continue his switch to gravel rallying confirming his entry into a number of ARC events for 2020.
Calder, who has done just five gravel rallies, sees himself continuing down the gravel path.
“I can’t do Perth and Canberra at this stage, but I am very likely to do the rest of the ARC season,” Calder explained.
“I am very keen to get back out there. I am doing less tarmac rally stuff because I am interested more in developing myself on the gravel which has been fun. I love racing in rally. It’s fantastic.
“I am really looking forward to continuing my progress and I think we can get a lot quicker than we were last year and without doing anything silly.
“The plan is definitely to do the full ARC and I was hoping to do that this year but I just can’t make it work unfortunately. I would like to think we can do the full ARC and be competitive in the near future.”
He is realistic about his chances at being competitive.
Ben Calder and his orange Subaru in action in 2017.
“I want to be competitive. I don’t think I will be anywhere near the front runners and I don’t expect to be for a while. If I have the time to put into it, I will try really hard,” Calder said.
“I guess I want to keep eyeing my progress. I’d like to think we can go reasonably quick within the mid pack as I’ll still be running the same Subaru again this year.
“I think there is a lot more speed to get out of the car with me getting more seat time so it’s safe to say this year will once again be a development year.”
Calder also explained to rally.com.au that he is looking towards an R5 car for a possible step up in the future.
“I will see how we go in the Subaru this year and if that goes well, maybe I will go the full season next year,” Calder added.
“I like the idea of one of these R5 cars and it seems to be what everyone is doing but we will see.
“I made some enquiries about it last year, but I don’t think I am ready for it. There is still a lot more speed to come out of me and I think the car would be wasted on me if I was to get it now.
“We may go a bit quicker but at the end of the day it would be wasted year.”
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