No local knowledge for Monkhouse at Rally SA
- 27th June 2012, 1:28pm
Monkhouse is currently second in the Bosch two wheel drive ARC standings and despite having an intimate knowledge of the traditional South Australian rally roads, he feels the new stages in this year's event will remove any local advantage he had.
"It will certainly be a tough event but I'm really looking forward to the Scouts Rally of South Australia, however it will be a bit different this year because it uses different roads and new stages, so I think my local advantage is gone," said Jack Monkhouse.
The Monkhouse Nissan Sylvia S15 has had strong speed in the opening half of the championship and Monkhouse has given the Honda Jazz G2s of Eli Evans and Mark Pedder a run for their money.
Monkhouse led the first leg of the most recent Bosch ARC round, the Brakes Direct International Rally of Queensland, but was forced to retire on the opening stage of leg two with damage to the right rear suspension, which resulted in a lack of drive to the rear wheels.
"We were very lucky it happened where it did," Monkhouse commented.
"Not only was it a slower corner but there were plenty of spectators to help push us back to safety. It could have been a lot worse than it was, there were some straights where we were touching 200km/h and some jumps that could have been a real problem had it broken there."
The battle for two wheel drive honours at the Scouts Rally of South Australia is again expected to be between Monkhouse and his Honda rivals, Eli Evans and Mark Pedder.
"We made a few suspension improvements before Queensland and we are really happy with the speed of the car but those Hondas are getting faster and faster every rally," Monkhouse added.
"Unfortunately for us, we have to use events for testing rather than test days but we are making progress," he added.
"The Hondas seem to be good through long corners and there are plenty of those on the Scouts Rally SA stages."
The Scouts Rally of South Australia is scheduled for 28-29 July and will be round four of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship.
More than 2.5 million Australians will see the Bosch ARC on TV in 2012 and the series will generate more than 36 hours of national television across the Ten/One HD network - a media equivalency value exceeding $6 million. The Bosch Australian Rally Championship also receives support from- multi-national fuel and lubricant giant BP as the primary fuel supplier and for the third year Korean tyre giant Kumho as the exclusive tyre supplier for the championship.
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