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Among preparing many clients Race/Rally Cars and “Weekend Warriors” for various Rallies, Hill Climbs, Circuit Sprints and Motorkhana’s, we as a family have been focusing on the development of our two teenage boys in their driving. Brad is 15 and Dan 18, both boys have been fortunate enough to be competing in Motorkhana’s and other low speed events since they were 12. Both kids have shown great promise towards great future results either at novice or professional levels dependant on how they continue to pursue their current dreams, as they mature.
Dan has now over 60 competition events under his belt, with some outstanding results, see some pics here from Rally School Drive Days, SDCC Lanac Park, Mount Gambier, Collingrove and Mallala Raceway. Dan also receives Driver Training from Rally School here and interstate, plus frequent personal coaching from Gravel and Tarmac Ace Steve Glenney and he is certainly doing us all proud with his overall approach to Motorsport and his ability to apply principals and techniques to his driving. Dan is currently contesting the Australian Rally Championship with his mentor Steve Glenney Co-driving for him, and they are certainly post some impressive stage times and event results.
You can see some You Tube footage below from various events.
Here are just some of the reports that Dan has been putting together following each event since 2006:
S&J Subaru’s take all 3 Podium Positions in the First Round of the SARC:
The first round of the 2010 South Australian Rally Championship was the ASP Tarmac Rally. The event was held in the Picturesque Southern Fleurieo Peninsula with Rally headquarters and overnight service park located centrally at Penny’s Hill Winery.
New to this event were the prologue and first two stages being held on Friday evening at Mallala. This initiative proved popular with the competitors and provided a unique opportunity to try there hand at circuit sprinting in the dark.
On the Saturday the event kicked off with a new stage called “Myponga” which started off with a fast flowing section which progressively tightened up as the road wound its way down too and across the Myponga Reservoir dam wall. From there the rally moved onto another new stage called “Parawa” which was a short high speed stage that tested the crews cornering speed limits and also the top speed attainable from their cars. Also new for the 2010 event was the “Waitpinga” stage which was a very fast piece of road that kept most cars on the rev limiter for nearly 10 km. Obtaining a fast time on this stage was proportional to how willing the crews were to risk damage to their engines.
Remote servicing was carried on the foreshore at Victor Harbor. Throughout the Saturday the crews would return and service here three times. It provided an ideal location for the service crew to spend enjoyable afternoon.
The afternoon stages included the popular “Hindmarsh Tiers”, which starts off tight and twisty running down hill. Mid way through the stage is a creek crossing which has an abrupt concrete approach and exit. The more committed crews usually put on a good show for the eager media photographers who lie in wait. The stage then opens up into series of 3rd and 4th gear corners.
The event concluded back at the Penny’s Hill Winery where park ferme and the usual post event stories unfold.
As in previous years S&J were actively involved in supporting and preparing a number of Subaru’s. The attention to detail in vehicle preparation in the lead up to the event certainly paid off and the S&J team was rewarded with 1st, 2nd and 3rd outright in the SARC.
Here are the Bennet Brother’s array of Tuff EVOs on the eve of the 2010
Tarmac Sprint, these guys have been hand selected to assist officials with
“Course Car duties” which involve driving the entire rally at 8 tenths of race
pace sweeping stages and looking for hazards etc.
Here are the Bennet Brother’s array of Tuff EVOs on the eve of the 2010 Tarmac Sprint, these guys have been hand selected to assist officials with “Course Car duties” which involve driving the entire rally at 8 tenths of race pace sweeping stages and looking for hazards etc.
Click here to read about Dan’s First Tarmac Rally
Click here to read "Legend of the Lakes" Hill Climb
Click here to read about Steve Glenney winning the Rally Tasmania.
Go to the S&J You Tube album and see some videos and in-car from Collingrove Hill Climb, Mount Gambier Hill Climb and Classic Adelaide!!!
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