Team: Contel Communications
Sponsors: Contel Communications – Telstra Partner
Hometown: Wistow, South Australia
Live: Launceston, Tasmania
Hobbies: Snow & Water Skiing, Cycling, Horse Racing
Favourite rally event:
Targa Tasmania & Rally Australia Coffs Harbour – big stages with big challenges.
Favourite rally stage:
Nambucca, Rally Aust – High quality road surface, very long at 50km, linking corners thru beautiful country side. I haven’t raced on the stage yet, but hoping to one day.
Very first rally memory/experience:
Duttons Grand Prix Rally 2001, my very first event, I was driving an identical car to Peter Brock (VX Holden Commodore V8) and equalled his lap time at Winton Raceway.
The moment you knew you were hooked on rally:
See above – being on the pace with Brocky.
Career highlight to date:
Driving for Team Orange in this year’s Australia Rally Championship.
Most memorable rally moment:
Crashing (rolling) on the first stage of my first ARC gravel rally in Canberra in the highly competitive Subaru RS Challenge, continuing on wearing ski goggles as the windscreen was smashed and earning one championship point for that heat. Then at seasons end winning the Championship by one point
Dream rally car:
Any WRC car.
Dream road car:
Mercedes AMG GTR.
Current road car:
Who is your idol or inspiration:
Sebastian Loeb, Roger Federer, Steve Waugh.
Best advice ever received:
Patience, and how to use the brake pedal.
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be:
Flavio Briatore, Kimi Raikkonen and Ricky Gervais.
Tell us one thing about yourself most people don’t know:
I have a recurring dream that my year 12 exams are coming up and I haven’t done any study.
First competitive rally:
First pacenoted rally – Rally Tasmania 2002 (tarmac).
Rally Canberra 2004, Subaru RS Challenge.
2006: ARC Rally South Australia (gravel rally)
2008 & 2015: Targa Tasmania (tarmac rally)
2009: Aust Production Cars Championship Eastern Creek & Oran Park (circuit racing)
2010 & 2012: World Time Attack Open Category (circuit)
2016: Rallycross Tauranga NZ (rallycross).
Founding my company Smootline State Notes. We produce quality Stage Notes that empower drivers and co-drivers to enjoy each event by safely performing to the best of their potential. See the link here: www.smoothline.com.au/creators/