The hopes of a Tasmanian-based campaign to challenge for the Production Car World Rally Championship have faltered, with Launceston’s Les Walkden Rallying today conceding it has been unable to raise the necessary funds.

After a successful 2006 season, which saw the team take three-time Australian Rally Champion Cody Crocker and co-driver Ben Atkinson to the Asia-Pacific Championship title, Les Walkden Rallying (LWR) had hoped to campaign its Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the World Championship.
However, despite its best attempts, LWR has not been able to raise the financial backing to supplement the existing commitment of Les Walkden Enterprises and its associated supporters.
“We’ve exhausted every avenue to raise the extra funding, but just can’t get the budget together that we need to do the job properly,” Les Walkden said from his Kings Meadows headquarters.
“In the end we are probably half a million dollars short, so we have made a decision to concentrate on running Cody Crocker in the Lake Mountain Sprint and Rally Tasmania, with another Asia-Pacific campaign, and even an Australian Rally Championship entry, still a possibility.”
“My thanks go to all of the people who tried to help in raising the funds, especially Simon Poole from Pirelli,” Walkden added.

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