Tak­ing the lead from back­stage

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

RAL­LY­ING is renowned as a high-oc­tane sport both in and out of the car.

While the driv­ers may get most of the glory if they fin­ish on the podium, there is a host of peo­ple that make up teams that are equally as im­por­tant.

With­out the me­chan­ics, tech­ni­cians and crew the cars would not be able to get off the line or even each dif­fer­ent coun­try WRC rounds are held at.

M-Sport en­gine tech­ni­cian Ash­ley Fowler, who dou­bles as the air freight tech­ni­cian for the English team which is cur­rently lead­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers stand­ing, has to be sure ev­ery car, part and even cut­lery ar­rives at its in­tended des­ti­na­tion.

“For me ral­ly­ing is about the cars, but it’s also about

the ser­vice area,” Mr Fowler, who has been work­ing for M-Sport for more than 15 years, said.

“I al­ways find the be­hind the scenes area very in­ter­est­ing.”

Mr Fowler said the M-Sport team left its base in Cum­bria, Eng­land on Thurs­day and ar­rived in Coffs Har­bour on Satur­day with nine air freight con­tain­ers in prepa­ra­tion for to­mor­row’s shake­down.

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