Former Australian Rally Champion, Ed Ordynski, will be driving the works TRD Corolla that won the 2007 Australian Rally Championship at
this year's Sprint Auto Parts Rally of South Australia.

The Toyota, will be 
entrusted to Ordynski to use as car zero, running just a few minutes
in front of the actual rally field to ensure everything is in place 
and set-up for competitive speeds.

Ordynski last contested Rally SA in 2005, on that occasion celebrating his 30 years of Australian Rally Championship competition, in a similar Corolla, organised by long time rival, Neal

"It is just fantastic to be behind the wheel again and at my home
event," enthused Ordynski.

"I know the role of the zero car is to run at 80% competitive speed, 
but the opportunity to have a go in the current champion's car on some of the best stages in Australia is a very rare privilege – 
besides, 80% of the way the troops a few minutes behind will be driving is certainly not hanging about!"

Clerk of Course for the rally, Ivar Stanelis, says he is delighted to have Ordynski in the role and that Toyota have put their support into making it happen. 

According to Stanelis: "Few people, if any, know these roads like Ed 
and he is a former winner of the event, including as recently as 
2003. I am sure he will not only do a great job in the zero car, but 
he also has a huge following in SA and a great relationship with the 
Toyota team."

Ordynski will be joined by the 2005 and 2006 South Australian Rally
Championship winning co-driver, Craig Adams, the first time the pair
has competed together.

"My usual co-driver, Iain Stewart from Queensland, has retired and is 
competing in a fishing tournament," explained Ordynski. "But what 
more could you want than the co-driver who has been dominating things
here in SA? I think it will be great to see how the current breed of young competitors do things – Craig was in primary school when I won
the South Australian Rally Championship!"

Interestingly, Ordynski's first ever rally car was a Toyota Corolla, 
the 1968 KE10 model in which he contested his first ever Australian 
Rally Championship event, the SA round in 1975.

"I bought my Corolla for $200, rallied it for three years, sold it to
the Deputy Principal where I was teaching and after he used it as a
road car for two years, I bought it back and used it as my road car 
for some time," recalls Ordynski.

"It was a competitive rally car 
back then with 1100cc and 40kw. It is amazing to see the development 
that has taken place in my 34 years in the sport."

The Sprint Auto Parts Rally SA starts on the evening of Friday, July 25, with a competitive tarmac special stage in Angaston from
5:30pm onwards, and runs on the traditional gravel rally roads and 
Mount Crawford forest tracks, throughout the weekend.

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