James Dimmock Bounces Back With Top Ten Result
It was a successful return to the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) for James Dimmock, claiming a top-ten result in Victoria’s The Middle of Everywhere Gippsland Rally over the weekend.
After limited running following an engine failure in the opening round of the championship, Dimmock entered Round 4, which was held in the forests east of Melbourne, with the simple goal of finishing the rally while he continued to learn the Toyota Yaris AP4.
However, the Canberran, along with new co-driver for 2023 Larisa Biggar, exceeded their expectations, finishing ninth overall in the Gippsland Rally.
“Very happy with that, we learnt a lot,” said Dimmock after the event.
“Overall, it was a very positive event for us. Larisa and I gelled as a combination.”
“Getting the kilometres in the Yaris gave us more confidence and allowed us to push more the further we got into the rally.”
“Building up as we went, our second pass through each stage, we were much faster.”
Dimmock enjoyed the gravel roads around Gippsland as he continued to build into the outright competition.
“Saturday’s stages were extremely enjoyable, but we learnt more on the technical stages on Sunday.” Dimmock continued.
“It was a mix of conditions over the weekend, with fog and a lot of dust throughout the whole rally.”
“It was very intense; there was a lot going on.”
Dimmock didn’t get through the Gippsland Rally completely unscathed. A power steering failure in the closing stages almost cost the 27-year-old a good result.
“Unfortunately, we had a power steering failure with three stages to go and lost a little bit of time,” Dimmock explained.
“We lost over a minute on the second last stage alone. Luckily, we had enough of a margin in front of the next competitors that we didn’t lose a position in those final stages.”
“The result is a huge credit to the work of the team. And I also need to thank the guys at Neal Bates Motorsport for their help getting us back on the road after the engine failure during Rally Launceston.”
“That was our first full rally in the Yaris, so we’ll consolidate our learnings and take them into the next few events.”
James would like to take the opportunity to thank his partners for their continued support this year, in particular Trailer Camper Australia, Supreme Dry Cleaners, Brindabella Contractors, Simply Music Management and Silk Café.
The next scheduled round of the Australian Rally Championship is the Adelaide Hills Rally in South Australia, October 13-15.
2023 Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship Calendar
Round 1 – Rally Launceston – 24-26 March
Round 2 – Make Smoking History Forest Rally – 19-21 May
Round 3 – Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland – 22-23 July
Round 4 – Middle of Everywhere Gippsland Rally – 25-27 August
Round 5 – Adelaide Hills Rally – 13-15 October
Round 6 – Netier National Capital Rally – 18-19 November
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