The team made the long drive across Victoria and NSW to the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills for the ever exciting and very fast Scouts Rally SA which was round 4 of the ARC.
The team had made few changes since Queensland and during testing on Wednesday just a few days prior to the start of the rally disaster struck, after a difficult day the team made the hard decision to withdraw from the event. With a sticking throttle caused by a leaking dump pipe the team thought it was best to be safe, fix the problem under controlled conditions as opposed to risking it happening again during the event on a live stage. The team worked hard to repair the issue, however after a short drive the issue returned. The car returned to Canberra early and the crew have already started work on fixing the issue.
Mick said “It’s a big disappointment for us, as we haven’t missed an ARC event since we started 3 years ago. Thanks to all that helped and we will be back ready for Rally Australia.”
Update: After removing the exhaust the team found the turbo flange was warped, most likely from the dump pipe cracking at the previous round in Queensland. The new turbo, dump pipe and throttle cable have been re fitted and the team is off to Wakefield Park next week for a full day of testing. The car and team will be ready to go for Rally Australia in the coming weeks.
Mick said “We cannot wait till September 8th for a run on the roads around Coffs Harbour.”
Make sure you check back here for updated information on the team from the testing session at Wakefield as well as the lead up to Rally Australia.