On weekend before last we should have been out in the forests around Oberon for round 2 of the New South Wales Rally Championship. Unfortunately, our good buddy COVID-19 didn’t play ball and the ‘Caves Classic’ had to be postponed. Rally of the Bay on July 4th feels like it was years ago… It’s fair to say I’ve had some time to let it all sink in and soak up everything I learnt across that weekend. With this three-month gap between rallies, things have been pretty quiet. Having ‘Caves’ put back to October 10th has given me some time to improve my fitness since Batemans Bay. Although my fitness wasn’t bad, I was starting to lose concentration and hesitate a lot towards the end of the 44km stage, ‘Run to Mogo’, and we all know what hesitation leads to. I’ve been spending a lot of time on my simulator recently. Although my set-up is far from high end, it gets the job done. Ever since I was six or seven, I’ve been hooked on driving games. It started on the PlayStation 2 with Formula 1 2006 and has progressed to the PlayStation 4 with Dirt Rally 2. The coolest thing with a modern game like Dirt Rally is the ability to drive some of the most legendary rally cars on iconic stages like Ouninpohja in Finland or Sweet Lamb in Wales. Whether its terminally damaging random opponents in a rallycross lobby, or driving above and beyond the limit of an R5 car, the sim never ceases to entertain me.

Taylor Gill has been honing his rally skills on the simulator, in the absence of real rallying.

One good thing to happen recently was that WRC was back on in Estonia. Gee, it’s been to long since Rally Mexico. As a self-confessed Thierry Neuville fan boy, I can’t say results-wise it was a fantastic weekend, however, I think many people will agree that it was really good to see Craig Breen running at the pointy end, and Oliver Solberg; what a performance from him! To say I’m looking forward to Caves at the beginning of next month is an understatement. With this being my first blind rally (non-pacenoted), it’ll be a mega challenge and with some new equipment in the car, it will be a good test of man and machine. Make sure you read more about my thoughts on the rally on the Wednesday prior. Until next time, Taylor
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