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Steve Shepheard and the SACHS Rally Team are ready for their home town round of the BOSCH Australian Rally Championship this coming week, with the running of the International Rally of Queensland on the Sunshine coast.

Currently sitting fourth in the ARC point score after two rounds, Steve and co-driver, John McCarthy, are looking forward to being back on their home roads as the chase for the 4WD ARC resumes.

“After the disappointment of Western Australia, we are stoked to back on home turf,” remarked Shepheard today. “I think this will be the 15th time I have driven Rally Queensland, so we have all the experience here we could ever want … we just have to use all of it and lead from the front”.

The whole SACHS Rally Team know they will have no better chance than Queensland to start pulling back the lead Tom Wilde has built in the series.

“From here on in Michael Boaden and ourselves have the event experience that Wilde and Box don’t have, so its our time to step it up,” said McCarthy. “We are still focused on the championship, but you can’t ignore the chance to win your home round.”

Team manager, Reg Shepheard, said they have put the Western Australia heat two DNF behind them and the best lies ahead.

:The full series has 13 heats and we are only five down, so while we did not want to drop a heat, it’s part of the game. The last time a team went through the whole series without a dropped heat, or major problem, was 2007 (Simon Evans) … so we have to make them all count from here on in.”

The event starts on Friday with a gala start in Caloundra, before hitting the forests around Imbil on Saturday and Sunday.
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