Team MINI all class in Dutton Rally
- 2nd August 2006, 1:24pm
The successful pairing of circuit expert Paul Stokell (multi Australian Driver’s Champion) and Spencer Lowndes (Australian Rally Championship factory driver) allowed the team to build on each other’s strengths on the varied challenges set by the Dutton rally organisers.
“The MINI Cooper S was excellent fun,” said Spencer. “We gave a Skyline a big surprise going around the outside on the last corner at Queensland Raceway and gaining so much ground out of the corner he couldn’t catch us down the length of the straight.
“We had two motorkhana events to do after coming off three laps of Queensland raceway and the rear tyres were really up to temperature and very grippy. In fact we had too much grip for sliding the car through the motorkhana stages, but with only front-wheel drive we probably had an advantage over the all-wheel drive cars as a result.
In the CarPoint-sponsored car, Publishing Director Mike Sinclair teamed up with motoring scribe and TV host David Morley, the latter having his debut MINI drive. Morley finished second on handicap for co-drivers behind Spencer Lowndes.
Team MINI will next appear at Targa West in Perth on 7-10 September, before heading for Dutton Rally Victoria the next weekend. Then the team heads to Bathurst to celebrate the 40th anniversary of MINI finishing in the top nine places in 1966.
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