The car will sport a brand new Neal Bates Motorsport engine for the rally, and Dalton plans to get to the end of the event with as many championship points as possible.
While he’s only finished the Canberra rally once, and it doesn’t rate as one of his favourites, the Irishman is looking forward to it with much anticipation.
“This car is a joy to drive and just puts a smile on your face, so I can’t wait to get started,” he added.
“We won’t be worrying too much about the Toyota factory cars of Harry and Lewis Bates, but if we can get through unscathed and grab a good handful of points, then we’ll come away happy.
“If we can get it clean and tidy, then a top three finish is certainly possible.”
The National Capital Rally was originally scheduled for the last weekend in March, but torrential rain forced a two week cancelation of the rally.
Regardless of the weather this weekend, Dalton is confident with the package he has, but would prefer it to be wet, rather than dry. It must be the Irish coming out in him!
Like all rally crews, it’s been a long time between rallies for Dalton. He has only contested three events since October 2019, so this weekend’s rally will be like homecoming of sorts.
“I’m sure everyone will be quite rusty over the first few stages, so it will be a matter of hitting the ground running and putting ourselves in a good position early,” he said.
“From there we will aim to maintain our speed and see where we end up.”
The National Capital Rally starts with a Rally Show on Friday night, before the competitive stages take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Richie Dalton pushing hard in the Blue Range Rallysprint in his Toyota Yaris AP4.