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WA’s Tom Wilde is set to make his presence felt when he heads to Adelaide for round three of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship (ARC), the Scouts Rally SA on May 24 to 26.

The Renault Clio R3 driver is currently third on the ARC leader board with 106 points after notching up a fifth place in round one of the ARC (Canberra’s National Capital Rally) and a third place in round two (WA’s Quit Forest Rally).

Wilde said he was thrilled with his position and believed he and veteran co-driver Bill Hayes, competing together for the first time this year, made an ideal partnership.

“Having Bill in the car is great. We understand each other and think very much alike,” Wilde said.

“He’s not only a great co-driver but also is basically PA for me. There are times in a rally where decisions are made and were only thought of because of the amount of experience he has.”

Wilde’s car had some misfiring and traction issues in the Quit Forest Rally (QFR) but he believed those were fixed and said he didn’t plan to make any major setup changes for the Scouts Rally SA.

“We may try a different gear ratio to suit the fast Adelaide roads but I'm just hoping for a trouble free run and I can start to knock on the door of the front runners,” he said.

Wilde expected Evans and Pedder to again be quick but he was also aware the rear-wheel-drive Nissan Silvias of Jack Monkhouse and Will Orders (who has WA’s Toni Feaver in the co-driver’s seat) should be fast on the open shire roads.

Fellow West Aussie Nicholas Box was also on Wilde’s radar: “I also think Nic Box could be a threat once he starts to get a handle on the car. It certainly showed some signs at QFR that it's got potential.”

But Box doesn't feel like he is in a position to be competitive yet.

The Perth driver, who debuted his Nissan 370Z at QFR, said time pressures meant the car was not as ready as he would like it to be.

“We’re not really racing anyone at the moment. We’re still in the development phase,” Box said.
“It’s a shame because this event would really suit this car if we were ready for it.”

The Scouts Rally SA is a three-day event that kicks off on Friday night with a super spectator stage in Gawler.

It covers the Barossa, Mount Crawford and Murrayland regions. The headquarters are in Adelaide and the service in the Barossa Valley at Mt Pleasant.

Other WA competitors will include Adrian DiLallo in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI and Graeme Miles in a Subaru Impreza WRX who are both entered in the 4WD National Rally Series part of the event.

WA co-drivers Ben Searcy and Craig Adams will call the shots for Victorian Steve MacKenzie in a Ford Fiesta and South Australia’s Declan Dwyer in a Mitsubishi Evo VI respectively.

Full results at www.rally.com.au

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