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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 2017 WRC LOOKING STRONG Anticipation is already at fever pitch ahead of the 2017 World Rally Championship, even though the first round is still over five months away. Citroen, Ford and Toyota (pictured) have all been busy testing their 2017 spec cars recently, as have Volkswagen and Hyundai. If the photos and videos release so far are anything to go by, 2017 is going to be one not to be missed. 8 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2016

QUINN’S WRC CAR PLANS FALL SHORT By PETER WHITTEN Plans for Coffs Harbour’s Nathan Quinn to drive a factory-supported World Rally Car in November’s Rally Australia have hit a dead-end. The local favourite drove a Mini World Rally Car in the 2013 WRC qualifier, finishing in the top 10, and was hoping to repeat the performance. “We’ve been conversing for a few months to drive a factory car here, and it was surprisingly close,” Quinn said. “Unfortunately, just before Rally Finland, the plans fell through.” Quinn is now targeting a drive in the WRC2 category at Rally Australia, but admits that his team have lost a lot of planning time because of their World Rally Car negotiations. “I expect we will have to find a large budget, but we are hopeful that a team may choose not to run Rally Australia, and that we come across a deal similar to that which allowed us to drive the Mini in 2013,” Quinn told RallySport Magazine. MOLLY’S DEBUT SUBARU WIN Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes recorded their debut win for the new Subaru team in the Southern Safari Tasmania on August 6. Their Group N production class WRX STI NR4 swept to victory in the 98.86 kilometre round of the Eastern Autobody Tasmanian Rally Series. Molly’s win is believed to be the first by a female driver in the history of the Tasmanian championship. The team was a consistent second across the first eight stages, then pounced on stage nine – ending with best times across the last three stages. It was a tight tussle across the day with Launceston brothers Marcus and Scott Walkem in their Mitsubishi Evo X. But patience paid off for the Subaru pair, who finished with an overall margin of just 29.6 seconds over the Walkems. The local knowledge and expertise of the Les Walkden Rally Team also helped the Subaru duo. Team Principal, Les Walkden, also proved his ability, with an eighthplace finish in his Mitsubishi Pajero, in the off-road class. “We didn’t have a great start, with a puncture in the first loop of stages,” Taylor reported. “From there the challenge was on and we really enjoyed battling with the Walkem brothers. “Our first win for our car is a great moment for the whole team, so a huge thanks to them! “Also to the organisers for putting on such a well run event on fantastic roads.” The winning crew were presented with the Ken Roddam Memorial Trophy after their victory. Photos: Geoff Ridder AUGUST 2016 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 9

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