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Whilst the prize for winning the BP Ultimate Challenge was only a trophy, wild storms and a new fuel tank in Heat 2 of the NGK Rally of Melbourne conspired against stand out driver, Will Orders, from claiming the inaugural BP Ultimate Challenge on the weekend.     

Orders was clearly the fastest privateer at the rally and has built speed all year. He claimed fifth outright in Heat 1 and took class P5 and BP honours. He set times only seconds from the leaders and suffered early on, like many, with significant tyre wear – BP Challenge rules allowing only 12 tyres for whole weekend, hampering outright speed.    

"Our Subaru suffered from fuel surge close to the end of the stage and we sputtered to the end," Orders said.

"We got to service but we had lost a lot of time. We knew we could beat Simon Jansen by two minutes a stage, but when they cancelled two stages we ran out of rally to regain at least sixth, which would have given us the BP Challenge. Anyway, that's rallying and we congratulate Simon and his team."

Orders and Feaver proved a point this year - you can be competitive with a car on pump fuel. 

"We developed the car around the fuel and we tuned the car for the tyres we had and overall our strategy worked. We are stoked to win the class and we hope we can get a program together for next year," he added.     

The team will now prepare for the final Telstra Rally Australia.

"We are going to go and show the world rally stage that there are still drivers in Australia and we hope to do our team and country proud," Will said.    

"We enjoyed the ARC this year and the events were great.  We hope BP gets behind the challenge next year and we would recommend it to any competitor. It was a great fun series.

“I would like to thank Mike Thompson for the car, Toni for her great co-driving and all of our sponsors, whom without them we would not be rallying at all.     

“Our next goal is Rally Australia and we plan to have red hot go!” he added.

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