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Australian actor Shane Jacobson will be donning his race suit and helmet and climbing aboard a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo rally car to contest the opening round of this year's Bosch Australian Rally Championship, Rally Calder presented by ECB.

As well as being a long time car and motor sport enthusiast Shane Jacobson is one of Australia's favourite personalities, an award-winning actor and presenter who has worked with some of the biggest names in the world for more than 25 years.

Shane shot to fame playing the lead role in the heart-warming film "Kenny" and won the 2006 AFI Award for Best Lead Actor and the Australian Star of the Year Award. He has starred alongside the likes of Bryan Brown, Paul Hogan, Magda Szubanski, Lisa McCune, Marina Prior, Garry McDonald, Pia Miranda, Delta Goodrem, Rhonda Burchmore, Holly Valance, Jeremy Clarkson and Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush.

Shane says getting the chance to drive in the inaugural Rally Calder is a bit of dream come true. He is really excited about this opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Evo and sliding it around on the gravel.

"Being a part of Top Gear gave me the chance to hone my driving skills and I was lucky enough to get behind the wheel of some fairly wild machines and experience some fantastic roads around the world but this event that is being put on by ARC at Calder is truly something very different that I cant wait to be apart of."

Jacobson will be prepared for the drive in the opening round of this year's Bosch Australian Rally Championship by leading instructors and rally experts, Rallyschool, with company principal Mick Ryan also supplying the Kumho Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo for the famous actor to drive.

According to CEO of the Bosch ARC, Scott Pedder, having Shane Jacobson on board as a competitor at Rally Calder will be huge boost to the event as well as being a lot of fun.

"I know Shane is taking this opportunity very seriously but I am sure he will entertain us all throughout the event, on and off the rally track," said Scott.

"When I sat down with Shane to discuss his involvement with the event I didn't realise my face would be hurting so much from laughing, he is a very funny man," he added.

"However Shane is also very serious about his rally debut and is a really enthusiastic and very talented driver, he has a collection of cars and is a keen follower of V8 Supercars and Utes but I reckon after his participation at Rally Calder he will be a rally enthusiast as well," he said.

"Shane has promised he will entertain us and regale us with some observations of the sport at the presentation following the rally on Sunday night and that alone will be worth the price of entry," Pedder added.

Jacobson will be joined by a top level co-driver who is yet to be announced for Rally Calder which will pit some of Australia's best rally drivers again more than 100 kilometres of challenging gravel, tarmac and mixed stages within the Calder Park motorsports complex 23km from Melbourne's CBD.

Rally Calder presented by ECB will be the first time a round of the Bosch ARC has been held in a single venue format allowing spectators to catch all he action in a simple and easily accessed location  with all the action just a short walk from the car park.
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