“Proud to announce that I am the third factory driver for the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team in the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship!” exclaimed Windus from Birmingham in the United Kingdom. “Crazy, crazy feeling!”
Windus was one of seven International drivers selected by Vauxhall to test their Adam R2 rally car and interview with the team, with Swede Mattias Adielsson and Irishman Robert Duggan getting the nod to be the team’s two drivers earlier in the week.
The disappointment though was almost immediately reversed when the team, so impressed with Windus’ performance during the test, pulled out all the stops to expand the operation to three cars for this year’s British Rally Championship.
“This is an incredible opportunity, just to have even been selected was a dream come true. I have the honour to work with the best team in the business and of course my team mates Mattias Adielsson and Robert Duggan!” continued Arron.
As part of the announcement Windus also revealed that he will be partnered in the Vauxhall Adam with fellow Victorian Rhianon Gelsominono, sister of Brendan Reeves.
“It's fantastic to have a new partnership with the very experienced Rhianon. An honour to have her sit beside me for 2016, huge thanks for her support,” he confirmed.
“I have known Arron since he was a young kid and this is a great opportunity for us both. Looking forward to round one the Mid Wales Stages in March!” said Rhianon, who was also present for the announcement.
Windus was also quick to point out the massive amount of support he’s received from Australia, as well as to his parents, in his endeavor to secure a seat with the team. “I have to thank everyone in Australia. It's been absolutely incredible, I really hope to make everyone proud back home and show what the Aussie's are made of.”
“The only reason I have been able to follow my dream is because of the best Dad in the world. Looking back and reflecting on how far I have come from the annoying kid around the service park to being in the biggest opportunity overseas,” Windus said.
“My father has supported my dream since I could walk, I have always looked up to my dad and from last year being able to compete against him was something special! I have one aim this year in the BRC and that is to make my family proud!”
“I cannot thank my mother enough for all her support and putting up with me since I was young. I love you so much mum and I cannot wait to share this opportunity with you soon!” Arron added.
The first Round of the British Rally Championship begins in early March with the Mid Wales Stages.
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