Windus locks in 2020 state title defence
Defending Victorian Rally Champion, Arron Windus, has confirmed his intentions to go back-to-back in 2020, with his eyes again set on the top prize in Victorian rallying.
The 24-year-old Ballarat driver impressively took the top step of the podium in 2019, despite a troubled start to the season.
“We had a difficult beginning to the season, but to bounce back from that and take the title was very pleasing,” Windus said.
“The team has done an amazing job at rebuilding my Subaru for 2020, so it should be stronger and faster than ever. It’s effectively a brand new car.”
“My co-driver, Daniel Brick and I have been constantly improving our pace notes, so I think we’ve been able to find more speed in that area, too.
“We’ve got great support from Western Victorian Crane Trucks, Modena Engineering and Hoosier Tyres, which has helped make this season possible,” he added.
Darren Windus and Joe Brick, the respective fathers of Arron and Daniel, will drive the team’s recently-purchased later model Subaru Impreza WRX.
“We purchased the car late last year, so we will be running a two-car team,” Arron explained.
“I think it’s great because it will be a real family affair for us this season.
“Myself and Daniel will be tackling the stages against both our fathers, so it will create some great tussles, that’s for sure.”
While there were initial talks for the team to compete in the Australian Rally Championship, it was decided that continuing at state level was the smartest option.
“At this stage, there is no incentive for us to contest the national championship,” he said.
“It was going to cost at least an additional $20,000 per event, which we did not see the value in.”
Despite this, both drivers will get the chance to compete in the Eureka Rush Rally, the Ballarat based round of the Australian Rally Championship in August.
The first round of the Victorian Rally Championship is the Mitta Mountain Rally in March, which rallies around the hills of Mitta Mitta, an hour south-east of Wodonga.