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In the lead up to the Toyota Kluger Rally of SA, young ARC hopeful, Glen Raymond, has taken time out to visit the Neerim District Secondary College.
Glen was invited to speak to the students as part of the college’s new Driver Safety Program which has been made possible by sponsorship from the Neerim District Branch of the Bendigo Bank.
Glen spoke to the students about his time in the ARC, what it takes to put together and run the Bendigo Bank Rally Team, how to get started in motorsport, and the importance of "Taking speed onto the race track, not the road".
Glen then showed the students and staff around his freshly rebuilt Subaru Impreza WRX rally car.
Many of the students rated the loud anti-lag, and getting to sit in the Bendigo Bank STI, as the highlight of the presentation.
"It was great spending time with the students and staff,” Raymond said. “It wasn't that long ago I was doing driving lessons in preparation to sit my driving test. I was lucky that my family was involved in motorsport and I had instant access to club level racing, so I got to cut my teeth safely.

“I'm really passionate about youth driver training and road safety. Whilst I'm all for going fast, it needs to be in a safe and controlled environment. I hope the students now understand the lengths we go to to stay safe whilst rallying and that whilst we reach high speeds it’s in a controlled environment and in purpose built cars."
When asked the best advise he could give a newly licensed driver, Glen replied: "Keep to the speed limits and drive to the conditions. If you feel the need to push the limits then join a car club and learn those limits in a controlled environment."
Raymond and the Bendigo Bank Rally Team’s focus now shifts to this weekend’s Toyota Kluger Rally of SA. The break after Canberra has allowed the team to overhaul the STI ready for the high speed stages of South Australia.
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