Taylor Gill continues his rallying career in this weekend's Caves Classic – his first non-pacenoted rally, and his first with a new gearbox in his Subaru. * * * * * Blind rallies. Most people either love them or hate them. For me, the second round of the MTA NSW Rally Championship will be only my second rally, however, being run as a blind rally in the forests around Oberon, it’ll be a completely different challenge to the first round in Batemans Bay. The last blind event I competed in was a motorkhana, so the ‘Caves Classic’ will be one hell of an eye opener.
With zero blind forest driving experience, I’ll be relying on what little perception of the roads I’ve got.
Although it’s the only blind rally in the championship this year, it’s probably the rally I’ve got the best knowledge of. In 2017, Dad and I went down for the day and spectated, in 2018 again we went down and ran a stop control, and in 2019 we ran as the 00B car, with Dad driving and me navigating. Alongside that, we also attended a test day at the beginning of the year, which was run on multiple sections of roads utilized in the rally.

Taylor Gill and co-driver Peter Harris.

It sounds like a fair bit, but in the grand scheme of things, it really isn’t much; nothing like having done the rally previously. Despite this, I’m thriving for the challenge of the blind rally concept!
The roads around Oberon look challenging, yet fun, with a mix of rough sections and big rocks, as well as wide and smooth graded roads.
Similar to Batemans Bay, our objective for the event is to get to the finish and draw as much experience as possible. With a new Modena ‘dog box’ installed, as well as a new front and rear differential package in the car, it’ll be a big learning curve, but I’m itching to simply get out onto the stages and down to business. Until next time, Taylor

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