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RallySport Magazine May 2017

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The May 2017 issue of RallySport Magazine features: News / Regulars: * National Capital Rally preview * Vale: Timo Makinen * Five minutes with - Ross Tapper * Martin Holmes column * Photo of the month Feature stories: * Molly Taylor column * Head and neck safety * Subaru’s RS Challenge - a look back * Audi Magic - Dylan Turner’s Quattro S1 AP4 * A Kiwi in Argentina * A WRC hijacking in Sanremo Event reports: * WA Forest Rally - ARC 2 * Rally of Whangarei - NZRC 2 * Southern Rally - SARC 1 * Rally of Argentina - WRC 5 * Rally of Portugal - WRC 6 * Mitta Mountain Rally


EDITORIAL WE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT By PETER WHITTEN The media landscape around the world continues to change, and despite fighting the good fight, this will be the final issue of RallySport Magazine in its current 'online' form. After forging ahead with the magazine for 12 months, producing news, interviews, feature stories and event reports from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, we have hit what is, perhaps, the unavoidable object. Despite producing what we humbly think is a pretty good quality product, a lack of long term advertising commitment for the magazine from throughout the rallying industry means that the hundreds of hours it takes to produce the mag every month have become financially unviable. I'm indebted to the many businesses who have supported RallySport Magazine over the past 12 months, but unfortunately they have been too few and far between. The real loser will be you, the reader, for no longer will there be a free monthly magazine for you to read and enjoy. Unfortunately, that's the reality that we're now facing, and continuing to produce the magazine with little return is unsustainable. I believe that our small, but passionate team has done all it can to prove itself to those with influence within the sport, but at the end of the day our experience and the magazine has not opened any new doors to opportunity. We will always love the sport, but bills need to be paid. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the ever-dependable Tom Smith for his enthusiasm and hard work in helping to get the past 12 issues produced. Tom has been a driving force behind the re-invention of the magazine and deserves much praise. As does our long-suffering ad man, Dominic Corkeron, who toiled hard for little reward. Our many magazine contributors also deserve huge praise, especially the evergreen WRC legend, Martin Holmes. Without naming others individually, their stories and photographs have enabled us to produce such a quality magazine. There has been plenty of interest in the magazine since the first issue in May last year, and readers loved the content, but advertisers weren't forthcoming enough to ensure the longterm success of RallySport Magazine. Moving forward, my plan is to continue to provide the RallySport Magazine website as a way for rally fans to keep up to date with the latest rallying news from around the world. However, the future of that too will be highly dependent on businesses Read every issue of RallySport Magazine .... within the rallying industry supporting the cause with advertising on the site. Thank you to you, the reader, for your support over the past 12 months. As always, it's been a pleasure bringing the latest news, reports and feature stories to you. Let's just hope that we can continue to do that in some form into the future. Where will the road lead for RallySport Magazine? Click HERE to read them all 4 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

NEWS@RALLYSPORTMAG.COM.AU 4- way fight Preview: National Capital Rally The Australian Rally Championship fires back into action this weekend with the running of round three of the series, the National Capital Rally, from May 27-28. The leading four drivers in the championship are separated by just 28 points, with Coffs Harbour’s Nathan Quinn (Lancer Evo 9) holding a slender six point lead over the Subaru WRX of reigning champion, Molly Taylor. The Toyota Corolla of round one winner, Harry Bates, sits in third, 10 points clear of Eli Evans, who looks set to debut his brand new AP4 Mini Cooper in Canberra. The National Capital Rally covers 14 competitive stages over two days, with eight on Saturday across 111.48 competitive kilometres, and six on Heat Two over a further 120.92 kilometres. On home turf, Harry Bates could well be considered the pre-event favourite, but Molly Taylor’s speed in winning the Forest Rally, and Nathan Quinn’s pace and consistency, will both be hard to counter. Add into the mix Evans’ Mini - which most expect to be blindingly fast - and you have the recipe for an enthralling battle. Brad Markovic (Subaru) and Tony Sullens (Subaru) sit equal fifth in the championship race and will be eyeing further success this weekend, while New Zealander Mike Young (contesting the APRC round) is also eligible for ARC awards in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The rally also acts as round two of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, with Team MRF drivers Gaurav Gill (India) Molly Taylor (top) and Harry Bates will resume their ARC battle. Photos: Subaru, John Doutch and Ole Christian Veiby (Norway) hot favourites in their Skoda Fabia R5s. The flying Skodas’ biggest threat will come from Finnish ace Jari Ketomaa in a Mitsubishi Mirage AP4. A total of 49 cars have entered the National Capital Rally - 16 in the APRC field, 17 in the ARC component, and a further 16 cars in the NSW Rally Championship event. MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 5

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