Bruce and Kel­lie’s ‘Flicker’ is fi­nally get­ting a rally run

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT -

AF­TER so many years of help­ing be­hind the scenes, it dawned on Bruce McDougall.

He’d trav­elled thou­sands of miles over the years to drive in events in other towns and states but he and wife Kel­lie Pearce had never com­peted at home.

“We’ve been in­volved in East Coast Rallys and Rally Aus­tralias but we’ve never com­peted in it,” McDougall said.

That’s about to change. McDougall and Pearce are about to run their 1991 Dai­hatsu Cha­rade they af­fec­tion­ately call “Flicker” (named af­ter the driv­ing style the Scan­di­na­vian Flick) in a race at home and they’re ex­cited.

“This year we’ve gone all out,” McDougall said.

“We’ve even got team shirts and ev­ery­thing.”

Liv­ing not far from the Flooded Gums spec­ta­tor point, McDougall ad­mit­ted driv­ing on the same roads as Se­bastien Ogier will be pretty awe­some.

“There’s not too many sports where you can com­pete on the same field as the world’s best,” he said.

“You can’t go out and bat with David Warner or play ten­nis in the same tour­na­ment as Roger Fed­erer.

“But in ral­ly­ing you can drive in the same event as the world cham­pion. The same day, the same roads.”

The win­ners of this year’s NSW Rally Sprint Cham­pi­onship, McDougall said hav­ing Pearce as his co-driver was pretty much like be­ing at home.

“I just do what I’m told,” he joked.

“She’s the co-driver so she re­ally does tell me where to go.”

PHOTO: BRUCE THOMAS

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