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With the Quit Forest Rally (QFR) just two weeks away, Busselton Rally Sport’s Leigh Hynes and Stuart Percival are raring to get back out on the gravel.

The pair, who claimed a third joint WA Rally Championship (WARC) at the end of last season, will compete with Australia’s best at the Quit Forest Rally (QFR) from April 4 to 6.

The event is the WARC season opener plus WA’s round of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship. It’s also Hynes’ hometown event with super special stages on the Busselton foreshore and challenging and twisty stages in the pine plantations of Nannup.

Hynes (pictured) said he was itching to get back into competition and felt confident his Subaru WRX was in top form.

“Because it’s the first event of our season, we’re usually testing new components at QFR, but the car had a major rebuild with before the Safari Rally last October,” he said.

“So this year we’re going into the rally with a tried and tested car.”

Despite the confidence in his machine, Hynes planned a cautious approach to the event: “In the past we’ve come out all guns blazing, but this time we really want to make sure we secure maximum points from the event.”

Hynes and Percival’s best result at QFR was last year when they won Heat Two. Unfortunately, they did not finish Heat One after a mechanical problem.

“This year the plan is to take a good haul of points from both heats,” Hynes said.

The Busselton Rally Sport team’s campaign for another WA Rally Championship is supported by loyal sponsors True Blue Alarms, who join the team for a fourth year, and new sponsors WA Freemasons and QVEE Electrical Equipment.

Phil Harrison from WA Freemasons said: “Leigh reflects a character that all Freemasons are challenged to achieve: that of courage, dedication, honesty and perseverance.”

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