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How do Australia’s up and coming rally drivers prepare for one of the biggest event of the year? By going quad bike riding, of course!

Three of Victoria’s brightest rallying stars, Will Orders, Jesse Robison and Brendan Reeves, took to the Wombat Forest last week as they ramped up their preparations for this weekend’s NGK Rally of Melbourne.

Together with several other talented young steerers, including Damien Perkins and Emma Cugley, the trio spent nearly two hours riding the bikes through the Wombat Forest, pushing the bikes to the limit as they sharpened their reflexes before switching to their finely tuned rally cars for this weekend’s Australian Rally Championship finale.

“This is just awesome fun,” beamed Orders, covered in mud after his exhilarating ride. “Luckily I’ve come away without any broken arms or legs, and I can now concentrate on winning the BP Ultimate Challenge at the Rally of Melbourne.”

Orders, driving his Impreza WRX with Toni Feaver in the co-driver’s seat, will start the event as the eighth seed, just four cars ahead of Jesse Robison and sister Sam, who will again be driving their ageing Subaru Legacy RS Turbo.

Reeves, the son of former Victorian Champion, Mike, has set the Victorian Championship alight this year with a series of strong performances in a Datsun 260Z. The 18 year old had, until now, had special dispensation from the Victorian Rally Panel and the Australian Rally Commission to drive in rallies while still on his ‘L’ plates.

Now though, he’ll contest the Rally of Melbourne in a Subaru Impreza RS – the non-turbo version of the cult WRX. The car he’ll drive is the ex-Subaru Australia media vehicle which was driven by RallySport Magazine in the 2004 Rally of South Australia.

The quad bikes the young guns rode were owned and operated by Victorian Quad Bike tours, based out of Daylesford, near Ballarat. RallySport Magazine also took part in the ride, and will have a full report on the fun and games next week.

In the meantime though, have a look at the daredevils in action, riding flat-out through one of the many watersplashes encountered around the course during the ride.


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