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12th November, 2007. 8:01 am. Congratulations(djanabel)

Congratulations to Simon + Sue Evans and indeed all the TRD team on winning the 2007 Australian Rally Championship.

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5th November, 2007. 7:32 am. Fatal Accident At Mount Buller Sprint(djanabel)

The Australian rally community mourns the passing of vastly experienced navigator Paul Flintoft. Extensively involved throughout all levels of local rallying, 42-year old Flintoft was tragically killed during yesterday's Mount Buller Sprint after the vehicle in which he was co-driving left the road. Driver David Reynolds was injured in the accident and is currently receiving medical treatment.

Regarded as one of the most experienced and competent co-drivers in Australian rallying 42-year old Flintoft had competed at the very highest levels of the sport, partnering local and international drivers in both the World and Asia-Pacific Rally Championships.

Locally Paul was a regular in all forms of rallying, working alongside club and state competitors all the way up to the Australian Rally Championship where he made frequent starts in the co-drivers seat.

Notably over the years Paul had helped steer the careers of up-and-coming drivers and veterans alike including Roman Watkins, Andrew Pannam, Bob Whyatt and Denise Collins amongst many others.

Regarded for his amazing attention to detail and his consummate professionalism Paul's immense passion for rallying and his dedication to the craft of co-driving will be sorely missed. Away from rallying Paul had a keen interest in archery and the study of Kendo and Laido (Japanese fencing).

In a prepared statement CAMS Chief Executive Officer, Graham Fountain, said that the Mount Buller fatality was something that would be felt by the entire Australian motor sport community.

"First of all, our thoughts and sympathies go to Paul's family and friends," said Fountain. It is always a very sad day when any member of the motor sport community is taken from us."

"The loss of Paul will not only have an effect on our 50,000 members, but also our 11,000 volunteers who work tirelessly at amateur and professional events around the country each weekend."

"We have to thank our Mount Buller officials for their swift and professional actions and the local authorities who helped get David (Reynolds) medical attention as quickly as possible. Our extensive counselling and support services will be offered to everyone involved to help them though this tragic time," added Fountain.

Echoing the sentiments of Mr Fountain acting Chairman of the Australian Rally Commission (ARCom) Colin Trinder expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of a dedicated rally community member.

"Paul was exceptionally passionate about rallying, in both its gravel and tarmac forms. The rally community throughout Australia is a very tight knit group and I know that everyone will be feeling the loss of Paul," expressed Trinder.

"The one aspect of Paul's character that I respected immensely was his desire to help newcomers understand the complex mysteries of rallying. I recall he used to be available to sit down for hours to explain the complex details of our sport to anyone who asked."

"I'd like to express my condolences to Paul's wife Jenny and his two young sons Mark and Sean," added Trinder.

David Reynolds is expected to be released from hospital today. Details concerning Paul Flintoft's funeral arrangements are unknown at this stage.

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16th August, 2007. 8:10 am. Quick Quiz(djanabel)

Taken from this months SWRT newsletter

How much do you know about the Subaru World Rally Team?
Test your knowledge by completing the quick quiz below and we will give you the answers in the Rally New Zealand newsletter.

What year was Richard Burns crowned World Rally Champion?

Who was Colin McRae's co-driver during his championship winning year, 1995?

Who has been supplying SWRT with tyres during the 2007 season?

Who is the SWRT Managing Director?

What is the name of Richard Burns' co-driver who partnered him throughout his time with SWRT?

How many stars make up the SWRT logo?

What is the bhp of the current Subaru Impreza WRC?

How many SWRT drivers has Stephane Prevot co-driven for and what are their names?

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5th August, 2007. 3:53 pm. Project: Mk1 2 door Escort rally car(djanabel)

Well I have finally made the leap of faith. I haven't turned my back on Subaru, but I don't have the funds nor the time to immerse myself full time into a project rally car.
Thus Project: Mk1 2 door Escort rally car
I have just purchased a rolling shell (1971 Mk1 2door 1300) which has already had the transmission tunnel and engine bay modified to drop in the 2lt and 4 speed manual. Up-rated to RS2000 spec brakes and running gear so all that needs to be done is put the bits from the donor car (engine, transmission, tail shaft, suspension, brakes etc) into the little white shell.
I have the arches already to go on and have started organizing for this fabrication job to begin. with or without the arches, finger crossed, it should be on the road in 3 weeks and out on stage in 6 months.
Shall update as the project moves along here and on my DA site for those who want to keep up to date.
I need to source the mk1 round headlight bowls amongst other things so if any one knows someone with classic escort parts for sale please let me know.
Hopefully this is what the old girl will look like in a couple of months

Now, what should I get on the number plates?? any ideas???

a few more "before" shots

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30th April, 2007. 5:42 pm. Possum Bourne(rallymel85)

Hey all.
Jenna sent me this link from one of our guys.

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30th April, 2007. 7:27 am. Possum we miss you.(djanabel)




13 APRIL 1956 - 30 APRIL 2003

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29th April, 2007. 12:12 pm. A sad end to a promising start(djanabel)

After his first ever podium, in the opening round of the 2007 Australian Rally Championship in Queensland Eli Evans, younger brother of reigning series Champion Simon, has crashed out on SS5.

For detailed results check out the official NEC Australian Rally Championship website

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20th April, 2007. 7:21 pm. Ye Gads(djanabel)

Just stumbled across a photo of me from ROM 06. Found on the Rally sport Magazine website

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28th March, 2007. 9:10 pm. 3.......2......1.........Go!!! Go!!!!! Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(djanabel)

Rally QLD 2007 is all systems go. I head up there tomorrow. If you see me come and say Hi!! (I will be the only guy In big black boots and Toyota red fins (Think Keith Flint from The Prodigy)

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4th March, 2007. 7:45 am. Toyotas New S2000 Corolla unveiled(djanabel)

Toyota Australia is set to become the first operation in the world to homologate the next-generation Corolla to the FIA's international Super 2000 rally regulations.

The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) team is currently in the initial stages of building the two new-shape vehicles at its Canberra base.

In the meantime, a current-shape Corolla has been converted from its previous Group N Prototype specification to Super 2000 specification for development and evaluation purposes.

TRD will introduce two brand new Super 2000 Corollas during Round 3 of this year's championship at the team's home event in Canberra in early June.

Prior to the introduction of the new cars, 2006 Australian Rally Champion Simon Evans will begin his title defence in the same Group N (P) car that he and his co-driver wife Sue drove to last year's title.

Neal Bates - three-time Australian champion, 2006 runner up and team owner - will begin the season in the development Super 2000 car (the current-shape vehicle converted from Group N(P)) with long-time co-driver Coral Taylor.

TRD is coming off its most successful season in the NEC Australian Rally Championship, with the Evans combination clinching their first championship and Bates and Taylor finishing close behind in second.

The team also delivered Toyota its first Australian Rally Manufacturers Championship in what was a dominant year.

"It's fantastic to be the first team in the world to homologate the new Corolla for Super 2000," Bates said.

"Super 2000 is a very exciting formula in international rallying and I think it can provide the base for a big future in the Australian championship.

"It allows manufacturers that don't sell two-litre turbo four-wheel drive production cars a chance to build a relatively inexpensive rally car that can compete to a Group N production-car level.

"It also provides us with more flexibility in where we run - we can use an S2000 car at World Rally Championship events in the Asia-Pacific region or in tarmac rallies if we choose; we were prevented from doing that in the Group N (P)."

2006 Australian Rally Champion Simon Evans has driven the development car in testing and is impressed with the results to date.

"It's a nice car to drive," said Evans. "It has the same power as our previous car, but is a lot lighter and has less torque.

"The light weight means you really hustle it through the corners, but it punishes mistakes because it is very difficult to regain momentum if you drop out of the powerband.

"Our tests have been encouraging so far - the times have been very competitive with the Group N (P) car."

"But the sound ... my word it sounds good - the way a rally car should sound!

"The new car is going to look sensational - we've got a stunning new livery and the new Corolla shape lends itself to a particularly tidy-looking rally car."

The new TRD website

Current mood: anxious.

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