Datto is ready to bat­tle Es­corts

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT -

IT just wouldn’t be a rally in Coffs Har­bour with­out Mal Keough get­ting be­hind the wheel.

For a quar­ter of a cen­tury now Keough, as al­ways with the sup­port of GK Den­ney Tyres, has been driv­ing in ral­lies just min­utes away from his Bonville home.

Hav­ing driven in his first home event back in 1992, Keough was asked he keeps com­ing back year af­ter year?

He said the an­swer is sim­ple.

“I can’t give it up, it’s just too much fun,” he said.

Keough said hav­ing an event like the Ken­nards Hire rally Aus­tralia in our own back­yards ev­ery year is the type of stuff dreams are made of.

“It’s good to be in­volved, es­pe­cially hav­ing the WRC in our home town,” he said.

“It doesn’t get any bet­ter than that.”

Call­ing the shots next to him will be long time co-driver Pip Ben­nett.

This year the pair will be head­ing out in a Dat­sun 1600 and the rally vet­eran pre­dicts the lit­tle yel­low num­ber will turn some heads.

“I think we’ve got a car ca­pa­ble of win­ning the clas­sics,” Keough said.

“There’s a cou­ple of Es­corts that I think will be pretty quick but I reckon the ‘Datto’ will be able to keep up with the Es­corts.”

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