There will be three Western Australian co-drivers stepping up to the plate when the Rally Australia round of the Australian Rally Championships (ARC) gets underway in Coffs Harbour on Thursday. Both Toni Feaver and Glen Macneall have been called upon by new drivers, while Bill Hayes will be continuing with Molly Taylor in their pursuit of the Championship podium.
As a round of the World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Australia is a great opportunity for ARC competitors to test themselves against the world’s best. Rally Australia is also a round of endurance, with three days of stages compared to the usual two.
All eyes will be on Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes who are trailing championship leaders Eli Evans and Glen Weston by just eight points.
“It’s the second last round of the season, so we are due for another win we think,” said Hayes. “That would be helpful. It's so close - close enough that no-one can rest. We need to put a bit of pressure on Eli, and he can't afford to make any mistakes either.
“With Rally Australia being an endurance event, you need to be more conservative than you do in the sprint rounds. It's a hard balance, because no one goes any slower! We just aim to look after things a little bit more, manage it and try to make better decisions on tyre choices. We’ll be carrying a couple of spares that we wouldn't normally bother with.
“Testing went really well and we are going into the weekend nice and positive.”
Testing didn’t go quite as smoothly for Glen Macneall, who will be navigating for Mark Pedder in the Peugeot 208 Maxi for the first time. Read more...