Free Co-Driver Course:
As part of our mission to build the sport, Rally NSW is hosting a free codriver training day on Sunday 3/2/19 (the day after our annual presentation function and series launch).
The session is open to current co-drivers and anyone else who’s interested in taking on one of the most valued roles in the sport.
Topics covered will range from the first steps to take when getting involved right through to fine tuning of techniques for experienced co-drivers.
We will be announcing presenters in the coming weeks as we confirm the line-up.
This will be an event not to be missed!
Rally NSW is pleased to reveal the first presenter for our upcoming codriver course as Bernie Webb. Bernie is a professional codriver who started out in NSW Clubman events 22 years ago. Bernie has been competing full-time for the past 8 years and is passionate about helping people into the sport that has offered him so many opportunities. If you're already competing, Bernie will be sharing some of the tips and tricks that have helped him find rides and achieve results over the years.
Now a factory driver for Toyota Gazoo Racng Australia, Harry was born in to a motorsport dynasty. With his father (4 times Australian Rally Champion, Neal Bates) introducing him to driving from a very young age, Harry started his driving career as a 12 year old competing in local motorkhanas on both gravel and tarmac. Aged 19, he entered his first rally going on to earn a podium at his second ever outing, the 2014 Narooma Rally.
In 2015 Harry competed in his first Australian Championship round in a standard Toyota Corolla alongside codriver John McCarthy, the pair stepping up to an all-wheel drive Toyota Corolla S2000 in 2016.
2017 saw Harry and John claim their ARC event win together, Harry becoming the youngest person in history to win a round of the championship.
Harry and John later debuted an in-house built Toyota Yaris AP4 car, taking 2 wins in the 2018 ARC.
Harry is an unassuming and approachable character who attributes a good part of his success to the relationship he has with his long-time codriver. Harry is passionate about supporting anyone else who’s been drawn toward the sport he loves and will be helping give a driver’s perspective on what any aspiring codriver can do to make their mark on the sport.
Now known across the globe, Dale’s co-driving career emerged from a humble beginning, the 1993 NSW clubman championship.
Roll forward 25 years and Dale has amassed an incredible list of victories including 2 Australian Rally Championships, a European Championship and 5 Chinese Teams Cups. Alongside this, he is one of only a few Australians to have taken outright stage victories in the WRC and completed the Dakar.
Despite his commitments overseas Dale remains a strong part of the Australian Rally scene, most recently guiding Jack Monkhouse to victory in the 2016 Alpine.
Dale brings a depth of experience that not many Australians can claim. There would be very few co-drivers in Australia today who couldn’t learn from Dale sharing his insights on Sunday!
Jim Gleeson has been navigating/co-driving consistently since 1979. Having competed with over 50 drivers in the ensuing 40 years, both in Australia and New Zealand. that time, Jim has built a wealth of experience covering events from club to international level.
Jim won the 2017 NSW Rally Championship alongside Bryan van Eck, having previously guided Peter Roberts to his championship victory in 2011.
For many years Jim has taken an active role in the management of the sport, seeing first hand the successes and failures people have faced along the way. Jim’s experiences have brought him a wealth of knowledge and he’s looking forward helping the next generation of codrivers find their feet in this exciting sport.
Janet’s rally career began only a couple of years ago when she signed up to sit alongside her fiancé in Targa Tasmania. For any raw novice this would be a huge undertaking, but Janet faced the added pressure of her driver being an established front-runner with a big reputation.
Janet set about learning her craft in a hurry, seeking out professional training to make sure she had the best chance of “keeping up” in the car. Janet succeeded and has since sought further training, also diversified into gravel rallying and learning more about what it takes to succeed in the sport.
Janet will be sharing what worked for her and how she went about quickly building the skill set required for her to step-up and perform in her early events.
Sunday 3rd Febraury, 2019
Cost to Attendees:
$0 (Rally NSW will be covering all costs of putting the event on.)
How to Register:
Fill in the REGISTRATION FORM to finalise your spot.
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