Victorian driver Will Orders and West Australian young gun Tom Wilde have taken the honours in the Kumho Future Champions Award at the opening round of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, the Quit Forest Rally in Western Australia.

The Kumho Future Champions Award is this year being presented to the winners of the Junior Australian Rally Challenge at each round of the championship.

Tom Wilde, driving a Subaru WRX, took the honours in the four wheel drive section of the Junior Challenge while Will Orders powered his potent Nissan Silvia to a win in the two wheel drive section of the series.

The pair have now qualified for the final of the Rallyschool Junior Australian Rally Challenge which will be run as part of the Bosch ARC section of Rally Australia at Coffs Harbour in September, with the respective winners of 2WD and 4WD categories receiving drives and assistance in the final round of the Bosch ARC in November at Rally Victoria.

For winning the Future Champions Award both Wilde and Orders each receive four Kumho rally tyres for use in a future event, the prize having a total value of close to $2000.

Wilde, a young cheesemaker from just outside Nannup where the WA round was based, was co-driven by his sister Neralie, the pair taking fifth outright in their home event and first of the Rallyshool Junior Challenge 4WD runners.

Wilde is excited by the prospect of competing in the final in NSW.

"It is a big opportunity and comes after a lot of hard work and effort by all the team," said Tom Wilde.

"It is great that Kumho is getting behind young drivers and giving them a hand to raise their profile and become better known," he said.

Will Orders, the 27 year old engineer from Melbourne, has spent the last few months building the Nissan Silvia that he is using in the 2WD category of the Rallyschool Junior Challenge and says that the chance to rally in front of a World Championship audience in Coffs Harbour is a tremendous incentive.

"Kumho's backing of the Future Champions Award is a big help, every bit of assistance is important when you are paying all the bills," said Orders.

The Kumho Future Champions Award has been designed to assist and encourage the young drivers taking part in the Junior Australian Rally Challenge to step up to the top levels of the sport and give them an incentive to continue in what is a demanding and expensive sport.
As control tyre supplier, Kumho is putting its backing into the Australian Rally Championship with a reduction in the cost of tyres, encouragement awards and a significant rights fees going to the sport.

The Junior Australian Rally Challenge will give young drivers another chance at qualifying in the International Rally of Queensland next month with the final qualifier at the Scouts Rally of South Australia in July.

The three highest points scorers from each of the qualifying rounds along with a 'wildcard' to be chosen by a Bosch ARC appointed panel will be to be eligible for the ten spots available in the two wheel drive final in the Bosch ARC section at Rally Australia.

In the four wheel drive section the highest point scorer from each of the three qualifying rounds plus a 'wildcard' will be eligible for the four positions available for the category final in the Bosch ARC section at Rally Australia.

The winning RJARC two wheel drive crew at Rally Australia will receive a fully paid drive in a unrestricted ARC Car in the outright section of at the final round of this year's Bosch ARC - Rally Victoria along with a full day's tuition with reigning champs Simon and Sue Evans

The overall four wheel drive winner in the RJARC at Rally Australia will receive a free entry in this year's Rally Victoria, with eight rally tyres from control tyre supplier Kumho $2000 to assist with conversion of their car from PRC/Group N to ARC Car and a full day's tuition from Simon and Sue Evans, a total package worth more than $6000 in assistance.
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