James Dimmock Gains Valuable Experience Despite Missing WA Event
A longer-than-expected repair on his Toyota Yaris AP4 might have ruled James Dimmock out of the most recent Australian Rally Championship round in Western Australia, but the Canberran took the opportunity to get back to his roots and log some precious competitive kilometres at a local club event instead.
Following an engine issue that cut his run short in the Rally Launceston, repairs identified additional work that needed to be completed before the Toyota could return to competition, ruling Dimmock out of the event on the other side of the country.
“I was really looking forward to competing in the second round of the ARC over in Western Australia,” said Dimmock.
“It would have been my first time rallying on the famous gravel roads outside of Busselton, but unfortunately, the repairs required more work and took longer than initially expected.”
“However, it gave me the opportunity to get back to my roots and compete in a local club-level rally in the Ford Fiesta.”
“I was also looking forward to competing with Dad (Peter Dimmock) over the weekend, but unfortunately he crashed his Datsun 240z just 4km into the opening stage.”
Competing in the Horizon Apartments Narooma Forest Rally instead, Dimmock took advantage of the opportunity to dust off last year’s car and gain valuable extra experience, including competing in night stages for the first time.
Finishing second in class and tenth outright, the rally in Narooma was a valuable opportunity to gain additional experience before returning to the Australian Rally Championship for Round 3 in Queensland.
“It was good to get back into the Ford for the weekend and compete in one of my local events,” said Dimmock.
“I’d never competed in a night stage before, and I know that there will be some coming up in future rounds of the ARC, so it was good to get used to the lights and the dust in the dark.”
With repairs to the Toyota Yaris almost complete, Dimmock’s attention now turns to the rest of the Australian Rally Championship season.
“Now that the engine is all but ready to put back in the Yaris, we’ll aim to get some testing in before Rally Queensland in July,” said Dimmock.
“I can’t thank my sponsors enough for their continued support, including jumping on board for Narooma over the weekend.”
Those partners include Trailer Camper Australia, Supreme Dry Cleaners, Brindabella Contractors, Simply Music Management and Silk Café.
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