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RallySport Magazine August 2016

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The August 2016 issue of RallySport Magazine is now available, and includes: Latest news: * Dowel backs rallycross to be bigger than V8 Supercars * Quinn’s Rally Australia WRC car bid falls short * New WRX STi could be Rally America bound * Up to 10 AP4 cars for 2017 NZRC * Skoda R5 for Mark Pedder at Rally Australia Feature stories: * Famous stages - New Zealand’s Motu * A close look at the Skoda Fabia AP4+ * Group B Mitsubishi Starion 4WD remembered * Budget rallying - Hyundai Excel * Where are they now - Wayne Bell * Hayden Paddon column * Vale: Steve Ashton Interviews: * Molly Taylor - Subaru factory driver * David Holder - NZ Rally Champion * Col Trinder - Chairman of ARCom * Emma Gilmour - NZ’s fastest lady Event reports: * Rally of Finland * APRC - China Rally * Catalans Coast Rally * NZ’s Northern Rallysprint Series * Walky 100 Rally, SARC

NEWS@RALLYSPORTMAG.COM.AU PAGE turner By PETER WHITTEN Queensland-built Subaru could be Rally America bound Queenslander Luke Page is hoping his Subaru WRX STI will be ready for a gravel debut at Rally Australia in November, but the car could end up being sent to the USA to contest the Rally America Championship. Although the car was purchased to become a top-flight contender under Australia’s Production Rally Car regulations, it is currently serving as a test bed for his employer, MCA Suspension, where it helps to evaluate their road-going suspension. “Initial track use and testing has already shown what a brilliant chassis the new Subaru platform is, and I really can’t wait to finish the build and get it on the dirt,” Page told RallySport Magazine. “Recently the car was stripped, caged and put back together for the annual Subi Nats event at Phillip Island, where it took first place in the Clubman Class. Now it will be stripped again to finish the build to gravel rally specification, including some more fabrication and paint.” But Page is in no hurry to get the car finished, and says a deadline has not been set, despite his eagerness to drive it on the gravel. “This car is being built to serve my needs for the next five or more years, so doing it right is more important to me than doing a few rallies sooner. “Over the last few years I have become less desperate to do rallies at any cost. I feel more driven and focused than ever to compete, but I understand a whole lot more about how this should be done properly, and I think I’ve learned to be a little more patient. There will always be another rally!” The goal is a debut at the WRC round in Coffs Harbour, but between now and then there’s still plenty to be done. Among the jobs is the pedal box and brakes, underbody protection, a MoTec ECU, the fitment of a turbo restrictor and, as Page stresses, the 100 five minute jobs. 14 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2016

Where the car ends up after Rally Australia is still up for discussion however, and shipping the car to the USA is more than a possibility. “With the current talk around rule directions and age limits within the Australian Rally Championship (ARC), I am currently exploring the option of sending the car to the USA to do the Rally America Championship,” he says. “The ARC this year has been great, and it’s disappointing to read about its intended direction. “America is an emerging market for us here at MCA Suspension, so it also makes sense from a branding position to send the car over there. Throw in the chance to win contingency money from Subaru America and I’m sold!” It’s hoped that Australian rally fans get the pleasure of seeing the car in action ‘Down Under’, rather than seeing it shipped to the other side of the world. TECH SPECS Car: Subaru STi NR4. Purchased from Subaru Australia Engine: Stock Jap Spec EJ207 Cage: Custom by Prowerx in QLD Suspension: Currently MCA Red series for tarmac, will be MCA Gold series for gravel Wheels: Tarmac- Koya CR TEK -17x9 +42. Gravel - Speedline Type 2218 in gold of course! Seats: Sabelt GT300 Harness: Sabelt Hans 6 point Current weight: 1390kg AUGUST 2016 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 15

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