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Exciting talent, Will Orders, is still no closer to securing a deal to run in this year’s Australian Rally Championship, despite desperately trying to chase funding for a 2007 title assault.

Speaking to RallySport Magazine today, Orders said that he was still a considerable amount of money short of gaining the required dollars that would see him contest all rounds of this year’s championship.

Orders ran last year under the guidance of experienced competitor Michael Thompson, and the team have since purchased the ex-Darren Windus Impreza WRX for this year, however unless the funding can be found, he is likely to find himself on the sidelines.

Orders and his team have been working feverishly on a deal that would see him in a two-car team with Western Australian Dean Herridge, utilizing expertise and servicing facilities in an attempt to reduce costs, however that deal is still some way from eventuating.

“For sure that’s the ideal way of doing things as it would reduce costs significantly, but there’s a lot of work to be done before deal can be signed off,” he said.

Orders has a test session planned for late in February to test the new car, and to test some tyres on the car in the hope of signing a deal with a tyre manufacturer for the 2007 season. Tyres are 25% of the team’s budget, highlighting the importance of getting a rubber manufacturer on board.

In the meantime, Orders has been flat out working for Greg Murphy Racing in Melbourne, preparing a car for V8 Supercar feeder series driver, Dale Wood. As number one mechanic on the car, Orders will attend all V8 races this year with the team, unless there is a clash with an ARC round.

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