Alister McRae starts this week’s International Rally of Queensland
Jul 29, 2010
Alister McRae starts this week’s International Rally of Queensland in the hunt for his first Asia Pacific Rally Championship success – having some so close last time out in New Zealand.
The Lanark-born Proton driver finished second in the APRC standings on the International Rally of Whangarei at the start of the month, but the former British Rally Championship is desperate to take the next step up the podium in Queensland later this week.
The International Rally of Queensland takes place just north of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. The event’s rally headquarters are beachside overlooking the stunning Coral Sea, but the main event takes place just inland, based around the town of Imbil. It’s on the forest roads surrounding the service park in Imbil that the event will be won and lost.
“My experience of competing at this sort of level in Australia is limited to the Perth-based Rally Australia, so I don’t know too much about this event. Fortunately, my team-mate [Chris Atkinson] is a native Queenslander who has competed on this rally twice before – so I’m sure he’s going to fill me in with all the details; although I’m taking everything he says with a pinch of salt: he told me the rally was just like Corsica! Seriously, though, you always know when you come to Australia for an event that it’s going to be a great one. Rally Australia was always one of the best rounds of the world championship and I have no doubt Australia’s APRC round will be just as well organised and well received, we all know how much Australians love their sport.
“There’s a good feeling around the team ahead of this event. Since New Zealand, Chris [Mellors] and the team have been busy testing new engine and suspension components to iron out the gremlins which were there and, of course, we arrive in Australia on the back of finishing second in Asia Pacific Rally Championship standings last time out in New Zealand. What we’re looking for this time around is to go one better and to end Sunday standing one step higher on the podium.”
The 18-stage gravel event starts on Friday night and finishes on Sunday afternoon.
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