Let the fun begin. The Bosch Australian Rally Championships kicked off this month with the inaugural staging of Rally Calder near Melbourne. Teams gathered after a week of heavy rain to pit their skills in an “urban” rally environment where all sections of the Calder Park complex were utilised in some form to provide excitement for competitors and spectators. The event was unique in that it catered for off-road competitors (ARC – 4WD, 2WD, SxS, Classics) as well as tarmac teams (Drift, Tarmac Rally). Organisers did a great job in keeping all the stages synchronised and challenging. The Roe Motorsport Team are more akin to racing through bush settings so the opportunity to launch their rally car at warp speeds around the Calder Thunderdome embankment was truly an unexpected pleasure. Alan was also able to relive his days of racing Holden HQ’s at Calder when some of the ARC stages included a portion of the Calder main track.
Overall the Roe Motorsport Team have made a strong impression on the 2012 Bosch Australian Rally Championship with the team currently positioned:
5th Outright 2WD
3rd Privateers Cup
2nd P4 Class (over 2000cc turbo-charged)
The car is now undergoing preparations for its next outing at Rally Queensland May 26-27.
Brendan Zadow’s highly detailed 9-second VL turbo has made it to the Street Commodores final 10 round for Car of the Year. Brendan’s car features our billet oil pump gears, roller rockers and cast inlet manifold.
You can vote for Brendan’s car below but be quick as this competition closes this coming Friday December 9th.
Congratulations to Alan Roe and Ray Farrell who finished first in the 2WD class in their Nissan 200SX after competing in seven competitive stages, including an arena special stage in front of rally spectators. Alan is sponsored by JPC.
Round 5 of the Victoria Rally Championship (Rally Victoria) was held at Warragul on Nov 12
• Alan Roe (Driver) and Ray Farrell (Co-Driver) finished 1st in the 2WD Class in their Nissan 200SX after competing in seven competitive stages – including an arena special stage in front of rally spectators .
After the final round (Rally Victoria) of the 2011 Victorian Rally Championships the championship points have now been tallied with the following results:
• Alan Roe
o 1st Clubman Category – Driver
o 2nd 2WD Outright Driver (finished equal points with championship winner – but relegated to 2nd on a count back of individual heats won).
o 2nd P4 (2000cc turbo-charged) – Driver
• Ray Farrell
o 1st 2WD Outright Co-Driver
o 1st Clubman Category – Co-Driver
o 1st P4 (2000cc turbo-charged) – Co-Driver
The pair will be presented with their Victorian State Titles at a ceremony in January.
The year has been a fantastic result for the pair as they have both worked hard to develop the car and their Rally Racecraft. Both have distinguished careers in off road motorbike desert racing and are now learning to combine their efforts to build the teamwork and trust to negotiate the bush terrain in a modified car capable of 240km/hr. They have pitted their skill against other rally teams with over 30 years of experience and have featured well in the championship outcomes. The year was off to a shaky start with a crash in the first round at East Gippsland seeing the car return at the end of the day with only one wheel left intact to steer the car – amazingly they completed the two final stages of the heat in this condition. The pair later went on to received some coaching from World Rally Championship Competitors – Brendan Reeves & Rhianon Smyth which then saw the Roe/Farrell Team achieve their first heat win at Alexandra.
Plans are now underway to prepare for the 2012 Rally season with them set to take on the National competition in the Australian Rally Championship. The first round will be held at Victoria’s Calder Park on March 1-4: www.rally.com.au