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After two top ten results in the 2006 Australian Rally Championship, driving a non-turbocharged Subaru Impreza RS, Brendan Reeves will step up a gear in 2007.

The young Victorian speedster is building a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6 from the ground up, and plans on contesting all rounds of the 2007 ARC.

With sister Rhianon (Smyth) in the co-driver’s seat, Reeves has set himself some big goals for the coming rally season.  His aim is to finish the year as the leading privateer in the ARC, and to finish the championship in the top five, among the factory cars.

“They’re big goals, but if all this happens we hope to get a factory drive in 2008,” Reeves says.

The biggest stumbling block in the way of Reeves is, of course, money. Currently his father Mike – a former Victorian Rally Champion – is his major sponsor, and the team are currently seeking further funding for their 2007 ARC attack.

But Reeves is determined to make the start line, despite believing that there are not enough factory cars involved at the top level of the sport. This therefore means that there is no clear path through the sport for up-and-coming young drivers.

It’s an age old problem, but Reeves is hopeful that he doesn’t join the long list of talented drivers who run out of money and disappear from the sport well before their use by date.

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