Leading Mitsubishi driver, Access Hardware’s Spencer Lowndes, is ready to tackle the fast, free-flowing roads of South Australia in the fourth round of the Australian Rally Championship, this weekend.

Currently sitting third outright in the ARC, Lowndes will be looking for his first ever South Australian podium, after coming painstakingly close when driving for Ralliart.

“To be sitting third outright is a huge achievement for the team and we are hoping we’ll be able to improve on that further and stand on the podium at the end of the weekend.”

Hard work by the crew in the break since Rally Queensland has found increased power and torque being put out from the engine of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, and with improved response, Lowndes believes the car is more than capable of running at the front of the field.

“The fast shire roads will really suit the car as we have a faster top end speed than the S2000’s of the Toyota team!”

“The fact we are able to run on roads of this standard is a real credit to the organising team.  They are in fantastic condition; it’s the sort of rally drivers dream about, so the competition is definitely going to be tough out there.”

“Local Steve Glenney has shown over the last few years that Group N cars can more than match it with the Toyotas and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and throwing everything I can at winning some stages.”

After participating in the official event Shakedown in the Mount Crawford Forest this morning, Lowndes now sets his sights on the rally start to be held in Angaston tonight.

The Sprint Auto Parts Rally South Australia will take place in and around the scenic Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mt Crawford Forest and The Murraylands this weekend.

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