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Former Welsh National Formula 2 rally champion driver, Daren Herring, is making his debut on the South Australian Rally Championship this weekend. Herring will PMD Race Products Forest Sprint in Mount Gambier, running as car 35, but seeded 13th, immediately behind fellow countryman Carwyn Harries. No stranger to gravel and forest rallying, the former Llandudno resident was 1993 F2 Welsh National Rally Champion, also taking the ANWCC Forest Rally Champion driver crown in the same year. Daren competed through ‘93, ‘94, ‘95 and 2000 on the British Rally Championship, before moving to Australia in 2004. There was big gap until late 2019 when he entered the MSS Safety Mitsubishi Evo 6 on the Adelaide Rally and finished a fine 7th overall, his first time on the South Australia tarmac event after 20 years away from competition.

Daren Herringe competing in the Network Q RAC Rally in Great Britain.

Now living in Kudla, South Australia, Herring’s last gravel event was the 1995 Cambrian Rally in North Wales, which now forms part of the British Rally Championship. The MSS Safety team, including Rob Edge of Edge Auto Solutions, have spent considerable time swapping the MSS Safety Evo 6 from tarmac trim, back to gravel spec. The team recently tested the car at the SARC test and media day. “She goes well,” Herring stated in video footage at the end of his first lap of the Mannum test stage. The team are looking forward to getting to grips with the SA gravel and to turning in a solid result, before getting the car back onto tarmac legs for the 2020 MSS Safety Gorge Rallysprint on September 13.

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