Archive: 2016 Quit Forest Rally News ItemsTuesday, 26 April 2016
EVANS AND SEARCY WIN 2016 QUIT FOREST RALLY
Simon Evans and Ben Searcy have won the 2016 Quit Forest Rally, the opening round of the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship® in Nannup, Western Australia, today.
It wasn’t a walk in the park for the four-time Australian Rally Champion with Evans/Searcy pushed all the way by young gun Harry Bates and his co-driver John McCarthy.
Both Evans/Searcy and Bates/McCarthy finished the event with the same points based on their positions in both Heat One and Heat Two, however, the bonus point given to Evans/Searcy for recording the most stage wins during the event was enough to hand them the event victory.
A ROLLING KEATING GATHERS NO POINTS
Rallying is a sport of highs and lows as many of the top crews in the Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship found out at the Quit Forest Rally today.
Mike Young and Cameron Tunstall took Heat One honours ahead of Stephen Oxley/Michael Wood in second and Garry Whittle/Stephen Vass in third.
However, it was the fate of several of the pre-event favourites that had everyone talking.
While leading the WARC component of the event and sitting second outright in the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship®, Brad Markovic and Glenn Macneall suffered a rally ending blow when their Subaru was destroyed by fire.
BATES PROVES TO BE THE ONE TO BEAT AT QUIT FOREST RALLY
Harry Bates has blown pre-rally predictions out of the water at the Quit Forest Rally taking the Heat One victory in Nannup, Western Australia today.
Contesting the Quit Forest Rally for the first time, and only his fifth Australian Rally Championship event, the result was unexpected even for Bates who aside from testing on Wednesday had never driven on the slippery ball-bearing roads the area is famous for.
“This is better than we could have hoped,” Bates said. “Realistically I thought a top three finish was possible but even that could have been a struggle given the level of depth in the Championship, so to go and win a couple of stages this morning was a but of a surprise and something that I had to manage this afternoon,” he continued.
HARRY BATES LEADS HEAT ONE WITH FOUR STAGES REMAINING OF DAY 1
Harry Bates and his co-driver John McCarthy have opened up a comfortable lead midway through Heat One of the Quit Forest Rally, the opening round of the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship® (ARC) today.
Bates, who is driving the infamous Western Australian forest roads in Nannup for the first time, has been impressive throughout the morning stages and now leads his nearest rival by 21.4seconds.
“I’m feeling really good, that last loop was quite comfortable for us and we’ve made some improvements on the car which was really nice so we’re going to go into this afternoon with the same set up and see what we can do,” Bates said.
SIMON EVANS IN LEAD AS THE QUIT FOREST RALLY HEADS TO NANNUP
The 2016 Quit Forest Rally has got off to a flying start with 42 crews contesting the Trade Hire Busselton Stage around Barnard Park and the Busselton Foreshore tonight.
Simon Evans and Ben Searcy are in the lead following the two tarmac runs and will head into the plantation forests around Nannup with a 1.7 second lead over their nearest rivals.
The pairing of Mark Pedder and Dale Moscatt were quickest out of the blocks on the opening 2.71 kilometre stage followed by Evans/Searcy and Harry Bates/John McCarthy in third.
SUBARU’S CHAMELEON CAR READY TO RALLY
The Subaru do™ Motorsport Team has revealed that its car colour scheme will change for each event in this year’s Kumho Australian Rally Championship.
Debuting with Molly Taylor behind the wheel at this weekend’s first outing, the Quit Forest Rally in Busselton, Western Australia, the production class WRX STI sports the “surfer” theme seen on the promotional car initially used to highlight Subaru’s re-entry to the sport.’
But enthusiasts keen to capture the detail will need to be quick – the entire scheme will change for round two of the Championship, the National Capital Rally, ACT, from May 27-29.
HARRY BATES WARY OF FAMOUS ROADS AS HE LOOKS TO FOLLOW IN HIS DAD’S FOOTSTEPS
When Harry Bates makes his Western Australian rally debut at the Quit Forest Rally this week he will do so behind the wheel of the Toyota Corolla S2000 that his father Neal Bates drove to win the event in 2008.
Competing in only his eighth rally – his fifth in the Kumho Tyres Australian Rally Championship® – Bates already has an impressive two ARC podium finished to his name, however, he says he still has a long way to go and regulation changes in the ARC for 2016 have opened the competition right up.
“It’s only my second year contesting the ARC so my expectations are still a little mixed. We still need to learn the car and get used to it – it’s really only our second event in the car – but we also want to get great results as well,” Bates said.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S BEST RALLY DRIVERS SET TO BATTLE IT OUT AT QUIT FOREST RALLY
The Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship (WARC) will roar into action next week with 41 crews contesting the Quit Forest Rally, the premier event of the WARC which runs alongside the opening round of the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship®.
With an added 50 percent point loading on offer in 2016, recognising the status and length of the event, competition will be fierce across the weekend with teams out to take the all important advantage into the rest of the season.
2015 WARC Champions Garry Whittle/Stephen Vass will lead the charge in the 4WD class but will face a serious challenge from the 2015 Quit Forest Rally WARC victors Brad Markovic/Glenn Macneal, home-town favourite Tom Wilde and his co-driver Nick Clements, John O’Dowd/Philip Conneely and the return of past event winner Derek Reddie and his co-driver Warren Phillip-Clarke.
THE LADY, THE LEGENDS OR THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK WHO HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN THE 2016 QUIT FOREST RALLY
The 2016 Quit Forest Rally is set to be one of the most competitive in recent years with new rules, new faces, a returning legend and some of the sports biggest names set to shake up the field.
For the first time in three years teams contesting events in 4WD vehicles are eligible to win the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship®, a rule change which has seen many of the top drivers return to 4WD cars and Subaru enter a factory team for the first time in over 10 years.
The factory team will be led by Molly Taylor, who finished second overall in the Championship in 2015 and recently won one of the most prestigious awards in Australian motorsport, the Peter Brock Medal.
MOTORSPORT LEGEND ENTERS 2016 QUIT FOREST RALLY
Five time Australian Rally Champion and former West Australian Ross Dunkerton has confirmed an entry in this years opening round of the Australian Rally Championship in Busselton WA next month – after a ten year absence from the scene.
Whilst Dunkerton retired from professional competition in 1994, he was lured out of retirement in 2005 by his former team Ralliart to drive a Magna AWD in the Australian Championship division of the Australian Cup, winning all five events, íncluding the Forest Rally.
Photo: Anthony Capogreco Photography
2016 SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS
The West Australian Car Club would like to announce that the Supp Regulations for the 2016 Quit Forest Rally are now available and entries are open.
The opening round of the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship®, the Quit Forest Rally will see teams from across the country contest the event across 2WD, 4WD, classic and clubman classes.
HEALTHWAY SPONSORS QUIT FOREST RALLY
The West Australian Car Club is proud to announce that Healthway has retained the naming rights sponsorship for the 2016 Forest Rally which promotes the Quit message.
The 2016 Quit Forest Rally, one of Western Australia’s premier sporting events, will be the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship, as well as the opening round of the Onslow Contracting West Australian Rally Championship and will be held in Busselton and Nannup from the 22nd – 24th of April 2016.
Photo Credit: Vettas Media & Stuart Bowes
FOREST RALLY MOVES TO LATE APRIL DATE IN 2016
Forest Rally, the West Australian round of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC), is moving to a later date in 2016 and will be held from the 22nd – 24th of April.
Event organisers made the decision to shift the event due to a busy Australian motorsport calendar surrounding its traditional date at the start of April. The new date will also allow co-drivers who are committed to entering the 25th Anniversary Targa Tasmania to do both events.