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Competing for the second time in his Porsche GT3, a decision to change suspension on the rear wheel drive performance machine proved costly in the early stages.

“After Targa West, we decided to swap the standard suspension and try something better,” commented O’Dowd.

“But we went a bit too far, and it was way too hard on the first day. Some of the stages were very short, pretty bumpy and twisty, and the suspension was so hard it was making the car really unsettled.

“We worked on it, and by the mid-point of the event, and after a lot of adjustments, we were pretty much on top of it. We did manage to make a few positions, but this is a pretty competitive event and you really have to be ‘on it’ from stage one. But we did get a better understanding of the car. It’s only our second event in it, so Adelaide was really valuable in so far as it’s more seat time.

“It might sound obvious, but the Porsche is quite a different beast to the gravel-spec Skoda. There’s a bit of a learning curve there.

“Overall, it’s been a pretty great year. We managed to claim our third WA Rally Championship in the Skoda and we’ve now completed two tarmac events in the Porsche. Next year, hopefully, we’ll be able to contest some ARC events and maybe even some tarmac events on the east coast.

“I’ve got to give a huge thanks to Race Torque for all of their hard work this year. The cars are always perfectly prepared and ready to go. And also thanks to Toni; she is one of the best co-drivers in the country, and I’m really lucky to have someone of her experience and knowledge sitting in the car with me.

“And finally a big thank you to the WARC organisers, who have done such a stellar job all year running the series. It takes a lot of time and effort to run our state series, and it’s always run at a really professional level.”

With state borders slowly starting to open, the next event for O’Dowd and Feaver could be April’s National Capital Rally in Canberra.

“It’s all up in the air at the moment. We’ve just returned from Adelaide and have had to quarantine, which does make life a little difficult.

“We’ll just have to be a bit flexible with our planning, but hopefully the state borders will stay open and allow us to do some national-level events in 2022.”

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