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A year ago Mike Young was on top of the podium at the Japanese round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. This weekend he’s hoping to repeat that victory at the Forest Rally, round two of the West Australian Rally Championship. “I’m really looking forward to getting back out there again. It’s been such a long time since my last event (2019 APRC China Rally) and when Dean (Herridge) asked if I’d like to drive the Maximum Motorsport Subaru this weekend it was a no brainer," Young said. Perth based Scott Beckwith will co-drive for Young, after their last planned event came to nought. “We were entered in last year’s WRC Rally of Australia at Coffs Harbour, but the closest we got was a day's testing on one of the stages before the whole event was cancelled due to the bush fires, so it will be nice to team up with Scott again.”
Mike Young (left) and co-driver Scott Beckwith.

Mike Young (left) and co-driver Scott Beckwith.

Young and Beckwith previously competed at Forest Rally in 2018 where they finished second in the WARC, driving an under powered two-drive Honda Civic. The Maximum Motorsport Subaru is a totally different machine, with four-wheel drive and turbo power. It’s not unlike the Subaru Imprezas that Young has driven previously for his Japanese based Cusco Racing team in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, although it has a sequential gearbox and bigger brakes. Young and 45 other competitors will race the clock along 140 kilometres of flat out competition on eight closed road special stages, including a long 31-kilometre stage around Wellington Dam. “Arguably, the stages around Wellington Dam and the old Rally Australia stages of Harvey Weir, Brunswick and Wellington are some of the best rally stages in WA, if not Australia,” said Clerk of the Course, Ross Tapper. “The famous ball-bearing gravel adds an extra level of complexity for drivers. It’s like trying to control a car driving at speed on thousands of marbles.”
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