Reeves aiming to go out on top
- 21st September 2014, 11:09pm
Brendan Reeves might currently trail Scott Pedder by 23 points in the Championship race, but the Victorian driver is aiming to go out on top at his home Round as the Australian Rally Champion in what well could be his final rally in the Mazda2.
Reeves endured a true roller coaster ride at the recent World Championship Round in Coffs Harbour. After winning the ARMOR ALL Power Stage, his Mazda2 ground to a halt on the opening day of competition with a broken cam shaft, before he bounced back to set the pace on the second and third days.
“That’s what rallying is all about,” Brendan said of his Rally Australia weekend. “You’ve got to capitalize when things are good, and dig deep when they aren’t going your way.”
“There was absolutely nothing we could have done about the issues on Friday, that’s just one of those freak mechanical failures that no one can anticipate happening. My aim after that was just to bounce back as best I could and we did that by taking the maximum points on Saturday and Sunday.”
The scenario for Reeves heading into the final Round at Rally Victoria in November must be outright victory, then he will have to see what result Pedder secures, needing the Renault driver to hit difficulty and finish down the points ladder if he is to have a chance of lifting the Championship trophy.
“My focus now is completely on the last Round, I want a 100% perfect rally, a completely reliable event,” he said. “By my rough reckoning, and I have to sit down and properly work out every scenario, we have to win and Scott would need to finish lower than third.”
“It’s possible, Scott had problems at this event last year, and I felt this was one of our best events last year, so I do have confidence that an upset is possible.”
One aspect that could play into the hands of Brendan in his race for the title is the speed shown by Steve Mackenzie on the final day at Rally Australia, plus suggestions that Eli Evans may make a one-off reappearance at his home rally.
“If Scott did have a problem, a guys like Mackenzie and Eli can get between us then that could really help me a lot,” added Reeves.
Rally Victoria may well be Reeves’ last event in the rallyschool.com.au Mazda. Having built up their speed and consistency, which resulted in podium finishes and outright victories over the past two years, Reeves and the team have still to decide their direction for the 2015 season.
“If it is my last event in the car I want to go out on top, I want to be the Champion. We’ve spent two years, with some ups and downs, fighting to be the best and it will all come down to the last Round, that’s my aim, to go fast!” Brendan stated.
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