EXCITING RALLY SEASON AHEAD
THE national rally season opens this weekend with the running of the Quit Forest Rally in the Busselton and Nannup region, which includes a return to a fully seeded running order.
It means all competitors, regardless of their competition class, will be starting the March 27 to 29 event in order based on speed.
“It will bring a new level of excitement for spectators and competitors,” event director Ross Tapper said.
Many of the crews will be in new cars, including Eli Evans, now driving one of the new factory Citroens. Similarly mounted will be teammate Tony Sullens and former Citroen factory driver Adrian Coppin, who both have more experience driving the DS3.
Back in the championship for the first time since 2010 is former Quit Forest Rally winner and four-time Australian Rally Champion Simon Evans. He will compete in the Honda Civic Type R with WA’s Ben Searcy in the co-driver’s seat.
In another coup, Molly Taylor will be splitting her time between Australia and Europe as she attempts to become the first female driver to win the ARC.
She will drive a Renault Clio R3 and will have a good chance too, having excelled in European rallies with Citroen, and for the Forest Rally and other ARC rounds, she'll be partnered by top co-driver Bill Hayes.
Her mum Coral will also be in the event, calling corners for Neal Bates in their Classic-dominating Toyota Celica RA40.
Among those competing in the WA championship only are Razvan Vlad and Daymon Nicoli in their giant-slaying Ford Fiesta.
There are 60 entrants from all parts of Australia across the various classes.
Citroen has strong team in the Quit Forest Rally.