Podium is Orders’ Rally of Canberra goal
There is no question about the aim set out for Will Orders and co-driver Toni Feaver when they contest the Rally of Canberra this weekend – to grace the podium overall for the first time this year.
It has been a rocky road for Orders and Feaver aboard their www.motorsportparts.com.au supported Subaru Impreza STI, despite showing plenty of promise in the opening two rounds of the NEC Australian Rally Championship in both Queensland and Western Australia.
“We have shown plenty of promise so far this year, although we have battled a number of teething problems, and we are hoping to turn a corner at the Rally of Canberra by scoring a podium result,” Orders enthused.
“The potential of our car is there, we just have to turn in consistent results over the course of the weekend in order to record a podium result, and that has been something we have lacked this year, consistency.”
Orders admits that the Rally of Canberra is one of the toughest events on the 2007 calendar, and this will be the third occasion that he and Feaver have contested this event.
“Rough and rugged is the only way to describe the Rally of Canberra, as it is very tough on machinery, and consistency is certainly going to be of crucial importance this weekend without a doubt,” Orders said.
“It’s safe to say that the Rally of Canberra, going by its history in previous years, plays a big part in the overall championship scheme, and although it’s tough on machinery, with the championship being so tight there is no room for playing it safe, as you just have to go as hard and as fast as you can on each stage.”
The third round of the NEC Australian Rally Championship also doubles as the third round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, which will see an influx of International drivers.
“I’m very much looking forward to having the International drivers join this round, and in saying that ,they are no different from anyone else in the field this weekend as they are just other drivers that I’m aiming to beat in my chase for a podium result,” Orders added.
The privateer outfit of Orders and Feaver has a close connection with the Australian Capital Territory due to the www.motorsportparts.com.au team manager, Michael Thompson, residing in Canberra, and that is extra motivation for success this weekend.
“Not that we are in need of any extra motivation, but with our team manager from Canberra we are wanting a podium result even more.”
Currently, Orders and Feaver are placed 8th in the NEC Australian Rally Championship after two rounds.
The team are supported by: TSV (Technology – Sound – Vision), Yokohama Advan, www.motorsportparts.com.au, Kingsville Smash Repairs, Repsol, Fabrai-cations, and Pedders Suspension.
Photo: Joel Strickland