Win the Ultimate Rally Navigating Experience

Congratulations to Michelle van der Wilk, winner of the Rally NSW Ultimate Rally Navigating Experience Competition 2016

Michelle shares her journey… from starry-eyed spectator to a future fully fledged co-driving star!

I won!!!

Update #1 on my journey from Rally Spectator to Rally Navigator as the winner of Rally NSW’s Ultimate Rally Navigating Experience. Last week I visited the guys from Revolution Racegear to get fitted for my race suit. They have some very cool stuff, check out their store details here - http://www.revolutionracegear.com.au/

Update 1 – Getting Kitted

Update #2 on my journey from Rally Spectator to Rally Navigator as the winner of Rally NSW’s Ultimate Rally Navigating Experience. I got to spend a full day training with Co-Driver Bernie Webb from Smoothline Stage Notes. I learnt about Stage controls, Road Books, Blind Rallies and writing and calling Pace Notes.

Update 2 – Training

Update #3 on my journey from Rally Spectator to Rally Navigator as the winner of Rally NSW’s Ultimate Rally Navigating Experience. Last week I competed in my first Rally Competition, The Tin Bin Dash Rallysprint run by the Light Car Club of Canberra. This was my first opportunity to put all the training from Bernie at Smoothline Stage Notes into practice and the first time I got to ride in Charlie’s mighty Evo X. I loved every second of the day and look forward to learning more and improving for the next event.

Update 3 – First Rally

Michelle’s first event as winner of the RallyNSW Nav comp was at The Light Car club of Canberra’s rallysprint held in the Tidbinbella Forest. A tricky technical course was going to be a huge challenge for Michelle but watch and enjoy the video , she nailed it !!!!

Michelle’s First Event

Update #4 on my journey from Rally Spectator to Rally Navigator as the winner of Rally NSW’s Ultimate Rally Navigating Experience. In March I competed with Charlie Drake at Rally New England in Glenn Innes. This was my first blind rally as well as checking into time controls.

Update 4 – First Blind Rally

Update #5 Rally NSW’s Ultimate Navigating Experience Competiton winner Michelle recently competed at the J&K Freight Services Echidna Gully Rally Sprint with Richard Shimmon. See the video below for a quick update on how they went along some exciting news in regards to Michelle’s next event.

Update 5 – Echidna Gully Rallysprint

And Michelle’s first year of rally comes to an end. Read the wrap up here!

The Wrap

 

 

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A truly epic prize is up for grabs!

Rally NSW is searching for an enthusiastic novice to turn into a pro navigator over the course of one year – could this be you?

The winner of this incredible competition will receive a full year of co-driving alongside ARC Privateers Champion driver and Rally NSW personality, Charlie Drake, in his newly built Toyota Sprinter. The prize includes entry to five (5) events in 2016, covering everything from a Rallysprint to a round of the NSW Rally Championship; twin-share accommodation at events; two (2) private tuition sessions with renowned rally co-driver and owner of Smoothline Notes, Bernie Webb; a Stilo helmet, HANS frontal head restraint, RPM Racegear driving suit, boots and balaclava; a CAMS Clubman Rally Navigators Licence, valid for one-year; a one-year membership to a CAMS car club; and Rally NSW merchandise, including jacket, t-shirt and cap.

As if that wasn’t enough, four finalists will be treated to a day out at RallySchool Sydney, where they’ll occupy the silly seat next to some of the sport’s top drivers, and have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and understanding of the sport. The winner will be selected from this pool of finalists.

The three runners-up will receive Rally NSW merchandise, including a jacket and cap, and a professional photo from their day at RallySchool.

Entries to the competition open on Sunday, 6th September, 2015, and close on Saturday, 31st October, 2015. To enter, visit the competition on our Facebook page and complete four short questions!

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The Competition Summarised

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Bryce Baff
What is your earliest rallying memory?
My earliest rallying memory was when I was about 12 years old, they came to Bucca road which is only around the corner from me so I was excited to see what tracks they were racing on. On tv I saw them roaring around the bush from a birds eye view and it was the best thing seeing them zoom through tight corners and sliding sideways everywhere!
What is your greatest rallying memory?
The greatest rallying memory for me would have to be when I got to meet the rally people at the special stage last year when they were in Coffs Harbour. Meeting them and seeing inside their cars and walking around talking to them was such a thrill, made me want to become a rally driver haha.
What is your favourite rally car and why?
My favourite rally car would have to be one of the WRC cars. It would have to be a Ford Fiesta, they are such a small compacted fun little machine that hook through the bush like it owns it, the noise it makes when it hits limiter just sends shivers down my spine in excitement.
Who is your favourite co-driver and why?
My favourite co-driver would have to be the old man himself – John Kennard, he has had many years of experience and it has paid off as he got himself on a factory team.
Who is your favourite Australian rally personality?
Nathan Quinn would have to be my favorite Australian rally person as he is a top block and is local to the Coffs Harbour people, he has a good personality and just a all round top fella.
What do you think makes a good co-driver?
I believe that getting along with your driver is a good start haha, having a good relationship with the driver and communication is also very good, not having a bad temper is also key haha and patience is a must have!
Mick Gearing
What is your earliest rallying memory?
Tommi Makinen winning the 1998 drivers title and Mitsubishi winning the manufacturers championship in 1998
What is your greatest rallying memory?
Watching Possum Bourne tearing it up with his wins in the late 90s, and the back to back wins in the early 2000s
What is your favourite rally car and why?
Hard to split this one between the Audi Sport Quattro S1 and the Lancia Delta S4. Both cars sound and look amazing, and packed an aggressive punch. When I think of a favorite rally car, Group B (the golden era) always pops into mind and these two cars for me is what stands out, and enjoy watching clips of.
Who is your favourite co-driver and why?
Seppo Harjanne. He helped shape Tommi Makinen into the legend he is. He was there at the beginning of Tommi’s big break into the WRC and stayed on for the multitude of wins that he and Mak had, as well as a host of wins he had previously with Timo Salonen.
Who is your favourite Australian rally personality?
Jack Monkhouse
What do you think makes a good co-driver?
Trust and confidence, clear and effective communication, supreme organizational skills, responsible and patient. Also someone who is enthusiastic and fun that thoroughly enjoys the adventure that Rally is.
Karen Lovatt
What is your earliest rallying memory?
Standing in my little blue dressing-gown and slippers with my mother and sister, waving my father off at the start of a rally – back when rallies in Canberra began in the evening. I think I was all of four years old.
What is your greatest rallying memory?
I can still vividly recall the first time I went out to the Mineshaft spectator point. Back then you could still “jump” properly over it. Some of the drivers never even backed off for a moment, even as the road fell away beneath them. It was it utterly breathtaking.
What is your favourite rally car and why?
The white Evo 3 my father owned a few years ago. A real beast of a car that could burst off the line, turn on a dime, and oozed power from its every bolt. It looked great and mean in photographs, too.
Who is your favourite co-driver and why?
Coral Taylor – tough, talented and loyal. It takes a lot of grit to become and maintain her position as the best co-driver in the country, and all with the same driver, no less. She’s also a great role model for young women who might be nervous about getting into motorsport.
Who is your favourite Australian rally personality?
Neal Bates. Someone whose passion for rallying just shines through and never fades – and who actively looks for new challenges to test himself.
What do you think makes a good co-driver?
Timing, rhythm and pacing. A strong, steady voice. Some small maths skill to figure out the time required to be at control. An ability to plan meticulously, to cover off not only the time required to be at control, but the time available for service, the time required for transport, and even such mundanities as when you’ll eat lunch...
Michelle Van Der Wilk
What is your earliest rallying memory?
I joined a 4WD club when I got my driver’s licence and one my first trips with them was volunteering as an official at the International Rally of Queensland in Imbil. I remember sitting at the flying finish with a time clock and pushing a button as the cars came screaming past then radioing the times to stop control. I was hooked from the first car!
What is your greatest rallying memory?
Hearing my first WRC car as it made its way through the forest towards our spectator point in Kyogle. Then seeing that fabulous machine scream past at what seemed an impossible speed on a dirt road!
What is your favourite rally car and why?
Tommi Makinen’s 1999 Mitsubishi Evo 6. The sound, the look and Tommi behind the wheel make it hard to stop watching YouTube clip after YouTube clip.
Who is your favourite co-driver and why?
Coral Taylor is someone I always look forward to seeing at a Rally. Her many achievements are very inspiring. Her calmness in the Co-Driver seat and her support and encouragement of Molly are two of her qualities that I admire most. I also appreciate the time she took to talk to us and thanks us for our time when we volunteered at Rally events.
Who is your favourite Australian rally personality?
I’m a big fan of Simon Evans. Spectacular to watch, 100% committed on every stage, passionate and a genuinely nice bloke too.
What do you think makes a good co-driver?
A good Co-Driver needs to be organised and well planned. They need to be able to stay focused and calm under pressure. They should have the ability to stay positive and be able to motivate those around them as well as being friendly and easy to get along with.
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