The Busselton Subaru Rally team have announced that Leigh Hynes and long-time co-driver Stuart Percival will contest the Coffs Coast Rally this weekend and the remainder of the 2010 Australian Rally Championship.

After a sensational second placing after heat one of the recent Quit Forest Rally, Hynes said his team had ticked all the boxes in order to be able to compete at ARC level.

“Our aim for the last 2 years has been to do the state championship on the pace that the ARC guys are going... with the plan in mind to go and do that in the ARC,” Hynes said.

Hynes is clear that despite things falling in to place, the team will not settle for much less than a top five result by the time the national rallying championship ends in November.

“A few things fell in to place like getting a truck so we could go do the ARC this year.”

“We are not going there to make the numbers up, we’re not going there to run tenth to fifteenth. There is no reason we shouldn’t be setting some top three, four or five times and aim for a podium if we are lucky,” He said.

Hynes will be joined in Coffs Harbour by first round winners of the WA Championship Roman Watkins and Toni Feaver.

Meanwhile, local rallying star Darren Windus  will compete in a Toyota Corolla Sportivo backed by Western Caravans in the Lewana Stages Rally this weekend in Balingup, Western Australia.

Windus competed in the recent Quit Forest Rally and after scoring maximum state points in a one-off drive in one of Neil Bates’ championship winning Toyota Corollas he will now contest the rest of the 2010 WA Rally Championship.

Backed by Western Racing owner Wes Ridden in his new drive, Windus has been given a permit for all out attack to try and win the local rallying championship with a view to drive in the ARC next year.

“With the strength of the Australian Championship and the TV coverage that it receives, we believe that having a leading team in the ARC will help us to expand Western Caravans Australia wide,” Ridden said in a press release.

An impressive 30 entrants have registered for the event that, for the first time, will be based entirely out of Balingup and will involve a new stage not driven on before.

Windus, along with the other state competitors, will contest in four stages run twice around the old Grimwade town site with club entrants to compete in the first four stages only.

The best spectator points are located on stages two and three as both stages involve a fast approach to right-hand turns and crews return to these points twice throughout the day.
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