Lack of funding hampers 2017 ARC2 champion
- 27th February 2018, 3:11pm
"Gearbox failure in a test event, suspension failure, and then the sequential gearbox exploding on day two in Canberra gutted us. We had $20,000+ worth of scrap metal and parts after two events!”A number of driveshaft failures at Rally SA, where they qualified for the Coffs ARC2 final, and the subsequent custom replacement parts late arrival put the team on the back foot. The gearbox was also an unknown after a strip down to run standard parts. The team rallied around and scraped together enough to get them to Coffs Harbour for the final, but this meant no testing prior to Coffs, and even selling the team's Mazda Familia rally car. Then, to finish off the year, they broke wheels plus other sub-frame parts on a day two bridge strike.
"No one ever said rallying was easy," Mee added. “I suppose our competitive spirit and determination got the team to that ARC2 2WD win in Coffs.“Our current supporters have stuck with us as they can see where we were heading, and had been showing a return for their support.” Success in ARC2 has not been enough to translate into additional sponsors or major local support. Even with a planned 2018 ARC attack with identified media and event exposure, it seems to be a common problem. The Corolla currently sits in the workshop awaiting remedial work, but without funding it will not be ready before Round 3 of the ARC in June. With enough funding the team will endeavour to run the National Capital Rally in Canberra for unfinished business, as well as some rounds of the South Australian Rally Championship and the state's all new ARC round in September.
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