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Nathan Reeves and Scott Spedding will head to Hobart this weekend for the first round of the Tasmanian Rally Series, the Styx Valley Rally.  After a less than ideal start to their Victorian Championship campaign the pair will now focus on the Tasmanian Series for the remainder of the year.

Campaigning their RallySchool.com.au / Greg Lyle Abrasive Blasting, 2005 Subaru WRX Sti, it’s a big change of direction for the crew.  

The change of focus to the Tasmanian championship was made after a stomach bug struck Reeves during round 1 of the Victorian Championship, and then another set back was suffered at Bega last weekend after a rock smashed a rear brake calliper during the second stage, which resulted in no championship points.  The pair was coming second outright at both events before suffering problems.  

“We were seriously considering competing in both Championships, but after our less than ideal start to the Victorian Championship we decided to change our focus to the Tasmanian events.  It’s no secret that Tasmania has some of the best rally roads in Australia and we are really looking forward to the challenge of the local competition,” Reeves said.  “Many of the locals know this event very well and this will be our first time competing in Tasmania, so we start a little behind the eight ball.”  

However, Spedding is less of a stranger to Tasmanian rallying, having directed the last two ARC tarmac events in Burnie before moving back to Melbourne.  

“Tassie is a great place to rally and I would really encourage any other mainland crews to make the trip,” he said. “The roads are sensational and the Tasmanian rally community is very supportive of interstate crews.  

“I’m really looking forward to finally competing in an event down there, not to mention catching up with all the great people I met while working with Rally Tasmania and the Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge.”

Weather is expected to play a determining factor in the event with rain predicted and a maximum temperature of just 12 degrees forecast.

The crew would like to thank RallySchool.com.au, Greg Lyle Panel Works and Abrasive Blasting, and Total Alarm Services, Burnie, for their support in getting to the event as well as a contingent of the Tasmanian rally fraternity who have made the logistics of the trip so much easier.

Round one of the Tasmanian Rally Series will start from the Foreshore Esplanade, New Norfolk, just north of Hobart, at 9am on Saturday, and take in arguably the best rally roads in Australia in the nearby Styx Valley.

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