The tyres were off and the bonnets up as the Production World Rally crew of Australian driver Cody Crocker hit Northern NSW roads for the first time yesterday.
The tyres were off and the bonnets up as the Production World Rally crew of Australian driver Cody Crocker hit Northern NSW roads for the first time yesterday. CATHY ADAMS

Shakedown shakes up early rally arrivals

IT'S called a shakedown session - the process by which rally drivers test their cars in new conditions prior to a major rally. It's an apt description.

Production World Rally Championship cars were flung around the gravel course on a private property near Pottsville yesterday, with some drivers going within inches of damaging their cars on treacherous corners. This was just the warm-up.

They may not be the main competitors in the WRC but the likes of Australian drivers Cody Crocker, Neal Bates, Glen Raymond and Eli Evans showed they will get plenty of cheers from spectators.

The PWRC drivers were the first heavyweights to strut their stuff on the Tweed, including championship leader Mikko Hirvonen, who arrived at the Gold Coast Airport yesterday afternoon following media commitments in Sydney.

Today all of the 46 drivers and their co-drivers will head out around the Tweed and Kyogle Shires on reconnaissance.

Driving in normal cars and abiding by the speed limit, this is the first time the competitors will be allowed to see the course.

Co-drivers will make detailed notes along the special stages, the competitive stages, that allow their drivers to control cars at breakneck speed in the competition.



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