WA rally driver John O’Dowd switched gravel for tarmac at the weekend, and finished seventh in Quit Targa West.
O’Dowd, from Gooseberry Hill, tackled WA’s premier tarmac rallying event in the same Subaru WRX STI in which Maximum Motorsport team manager, Dean Herridge, won the 2011 Australian Targa Championship.
The McMRallysport team of Stephen Mee (driver) and Matthew Harriott (navigator) are pressing hard to make amends for a poor start in their Australian Rally Championship Group 2 (ARC2) campaign.
With Rd 3 of the South Australian Rally Championship (SARC) “The Copyworld Walky 100” to be held in Robertstown SA on August 12, the McMRallysport team is endeavouring for a clean run during the event, and hopes to improve on their 7th outright at Round 1 of the SARC earlier this year.
Current 2WD Australian Rally Champions, Sydney businessman Adam Kaplan and his co-driver Aleshia Penney, are set to tackle the South Australian round of the Australian Rally Championship on September 16th and 17th.
They are expecting stiff competition from young charger Lewis Bates in his Toyota Corolla as the 2 battle it out for this year’s 2WD championship with only 2 rounds to go, and enough points on hand for either to take out the title.
Entries are now open for Lightforce Rally SA, round four of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship, to be held on 15-17 September.
The event will be centred in Mt Crawford which will host the service park over the weekend and will include a ceremonial start on Friday, concluding with a podium ceremony on Sunday.
A Toyota Yaris with at least 300hp (224kW) will be the new mount for emerging rally star Harry Bates when he completes his challenge for this year's Australian Rally Championship (ARC).
Neal Bates Motorsport (NBM) is building the Yaris to AP4 regulations at its Canberra-based motorsport facility.
Home town hero Harry Bates has won Canberra’s National Capital Rally in style today, completing a clean sweep of heats one and two to take out round three of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC).
The win puts Toyota Genuine Parts’ Bates three points clear of friend and rival Subaru do Motorsport’s Molly Taylor, who posted a solid performance to claim second outright, finishing one minute, 23 seconds behind Bates.
Toyota Genuine Parts’ Harry Bates has taken the honours on day one of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship National Capital Rally in Canberra today.
Bates and co-driver John McCarthy have finished the day 16 seconds clear of their closest rivals, Coffs Coast Rally Team’s Nathan Quinn and David Calder, with Subaru do Motorsport’s Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes a further 13 seconds adrift of Quinn.
Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr has welcomed the international and national rally community at this morning’s National Capital Rally corporate ride session.
Chief Minister Barr says that staging the event so close to the city centre is unique and a great model for other events.
“It’s good that we can have a venue like this, so close to the CBD, close to the airport; it really facilitates the smooth running of the event which from a event organisers perspective is very important too.
The battle for the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC) is set to heat up in the forests around Canberra at this weekend’s National Capital Rally.
Coffs Coast Rally Team’s Nathan Quinn leads the championship after two rounds, six points clear of current champion Subaru do Motorsport’s Molly Taylor and a further 12 points clear of Toyota Genuine Parts’ Harry Bates.
Irish superstar Frank Kelly is the first entry in the South Australian round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship to be held 15-17 September 2017.
Frank is well known to rally fans around the world thanks to YouTube videos of his impressive performances in a Ford Escort Mk2, and will be one of the drawcard entries in the September event.