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Brenton Kaitler and John Allen are set to star at the upcoming Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge, based around Burnie in North-West Tasmania.  With a go-karting career stretching back to 1996, Kaitler is thrilled to have a tarmac round included in the Australian Rally Championship.

“The past few months have been tough, building a new car and reinvigorating ourselves for the championship,” Kaitler said. “Whilst being away from the forest I’ve been working hard on fitness and have taken up competitive road cycling.

“I’m stoked to have John Allen back in the car. His ability is just awesome – I hold John in the highest regard and believe him to be one of the best co-drivers in the Asia-Pacific region. With my tarmac experience through karting and John’s capability, we hope to put in a very strong result.”

TECH///SPORT and Team BK have also partnered to put together a formidable package with their brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

TECH///SPORT’s Jeff Beaumont is best known for his recent tarmac accomplishments in winning the WA and Victorian Dutton Tarmac rallies, in addition to three Australian Rally Championships as co-driver to Ross Dunkerton in the early 1980s. He will be a part of Team BK in pre-event preparation and testing and also in Burnie for the rally.  

Traction Tyre’s Andrew McCathie is continuing his competition partnership with Team BK, supplying a range of Yokohama tarmac rally tyres to suit the challenging and varying conditions likely in the hills of North-West Tasmania.

The tyre compounds used are very similar to those used successfully in many control-tyre formulas in Australian circuit racing and tarmac road events, and will provide an immense amount of confidence and performance for Kaitler.  

The new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo has been hand-built by the Kaitler Motorsport Engineering team, to an even higher level than the previous Evo. Featuring an FIA-homologated chrome-moly roll cage, the KME Evo will once again be one of the lightest 4WD turbo cars in the field and will have the mechanical reliability synonymous with cars built by KME.  

All the action for the Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge centres around the famous Hellyer Gorge and Savage River stages, around 50km south of Burnie.

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