Wilde chases support to win 2012 ARC
- 15th June 2012, 8:57am
Wilde is confident he can win the Bosch ARC this year but could potentially miss the rest of the season without further support of his campaign.
The young West Australian currently sits a close second behind Michael Boaden in the Bosch Four Wheel Drive Australian Rally Championship and believes he can win the championship, the last ever to be contested by four wheel drive turbo cars.
Wilde has had a meteoric rise in the sport following his win in the Rallyschool.com.au Australian Junior Rally Challenge in 2011.
"I honestly think we could win this year and I'm definitely happy with where we are at," said Tom Wilde.
The young speedster won the opening round of the championship, the ECB Rally Calder, backed it up with another win at his home event, the Quit Forest Rally in WA, and finished second at the recent Brakes Direct International Rally of Queensland in his first attempt of the event.
Despite the strong results, Wilde is struggling with the budget required to complete the final three rounds and the future of his 2012 campaign is unsure.
"Without extra financial support, it doesn't look like we'll make Scouts Rally of South Australia," a dejected Wilde added.
"Pedders has provided fantastic support this year and I really want to get some extra support so I can make the other events and do them proud.
"Without further support, we will struggle to make the final three rallies."
The Scouts Rally of South Australia is another event Wilde has never competed in again but he heads into the event with the same level head he has had all season.
"It's not about winning every stage or even every rally," Wilde said.
"I go out to do my best and if I am chasing, I would rather sit back and finish second than push too hard and not finish at all.
"You don't have to win every rally. Finishing is more important."
According to Scott Pedder, CEO of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, Tom Wilde is one of the most active drivers within the Bosch ARC for promotion outside of events.
"You can't fault Tom Wilde as a driver or an ambassador for the Bosch ARC," Scott Pedder said.
"Tom ticks all the boxes both in and out of the car and he is a real talent," he said.
"It would be a massive shame for such a talented young driver to be sidelined from the Bosch ARC due to a lack of funds," Pedder added.
For Wilde the desperate search for added backing to complete the season will continue and he is hopeful that he can gather the support needed to fight for the title all the way to the finish.
The Bosch Australian Rally Championship heads next to Adelaide for the fourth round, Scouts Rally of South Australia on 28-29th July, with the fifth round the Snake Racing Coffs Rally Coffs on 13-14th October in NSW before the Championship finale at Rally Victoria on 16-17th November.
More than 2.5 million Australians will see the Bosch ARC on TV in 2012 and the series will generate more than 36 hours of national television across the Ten/One HD network - a media equivalency value exceeding $6 million. The Bosch Australian Rally Championship also receives support from- multi-national fuel and lubricant giant BP as the primary fuel supplier and for the third year Korean tyre giant Kumho as the exclusive tyre supplier for the championship.
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