The 2011 Australian Rally Championship is set for its biggest series ever - with top teams running no turbo restrictors – crowds will see the fastest rally cars to hit the dirt in an Australian series possibly ever.
A Tasmanian based team led by driver/team owner Mark Butcher will be taking on Australia’s best with round 1 kicking off in April. The first round in the forest surrounding Busselton – 3 hours from Perth, Western Australia is a long way from the team’s base however Butcher is keen to improve on his 9th outright result when last there in 2006.
“The Australian Rally Championship is a really exciting way for us to promote our defensive driver training business and we are even more excited now that we can remove the restrictor from our car. More power and better sounding cars will enthral and excite the thousands of spectators who come to each round. It also levels the playing field which means we should be able to get a bit closer to the podium in 2011” said Butcher.
Mark is the director of national defensive driver training company Driver Skills Australia (DSA). DSA motorsport handles the competition side of the business and the crew have been hard at work completing a full rebuild of the Subaru Impreza WRX rally car.
“Competing at this level is pretty intense so I am glad that I have a great team behind me. The team helped us achieve outright results in local championships in 2010. With a good car, good team and heaps of great promotions during the year we think we have the complete package to get results” said Butcher.
The team will debut the freshly rebuilt car at the first round of the Tasmanian Rally Series on March 19 near Hobart before heading to WA.
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