The first two stages of the Rally are run on Friday night, around the foreshore in the middle of Busselton. It’s a full tarmac stage, something that a car setup for gravel doesn’t enjoy a lot. The last time I did laps around this course, I was in my old Tarmac S13, with well over twice the power, 9″ wide slicks, super low and hard suspension – this time was very different!
A picture from the parade lap, thanks to Dean Knowles for the image!
We had a good two runs, nice and smooth and clean, too much understeer, and as fast as the little motor would push us down the straights, and a bit of handbrake action at the hairpin for the spectators. Our lack of power down the straights was so evident in the car, leaving us 19th in the state. Not a great start, but that’s all she had on the tarmac – the gravel will tell our true rally pace.