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Some of Western Australia's leading rally drivers have got behind the wheel as testing slowly begins to resume across the country. While social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions were adhered to, it was the first step for most into rallying since the virus outbreak. APRC regular, Mike Young, and reigning WA Champion, John O'Dowd, used the Baker's Hill testing track on Saturday. Also present at the test day were ARC champion co-driver, Ben Searcy, in his Mitsubishi, while Max McRae got more kilometres under his belt prior to his rallying debut.

Max McRae.

McRae, the son of Alister, will drive a Ford Fiesta this season in Western Australia. For Perth-based New Zealander, Mike Young, it was like he never left. "It was amazing to be back in a rally car after what has felt like forever," he said. "I was thinking that I would be a bit rusty and it would take me a while to get back into it, but it wasn't the case. Young drove the RaceTorque Peugeot 208 AP4, the car which he was due to drive in Rally Australia some six months ago.

Mike Young and John O'Dowd tested in Western Australia at the weekend.

"It's like riding a bike - you never forget. "I was so excited to drive again that I turned up one hour early," he added. While things are being worked on for Young to contest some Australian events in 2020, nothing has been confirmed.  
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