Peter Dimmock – Home Podium To Start ARC Campaign

by Apr 9, 2024

Canberra local Peter Dimmock finished second in class in a weather-interrupted opening round of the Australian Rally Championship over the weekend.

Held on roads that Dimmock knows well, Rally Canberra played host to the season opener of the Australian Rally Championship; however, heavy rainfall limited the event to just a single day of running.

Despite Saturday’s stages being cancelled due to the weather, Dimmock pushed hard when the event did commence Sunday morning in his pursuit of victory in the Two-Wheel Drive Classic Cup class.

“On Sunday’s first run, we ended up off the road about five times,” said Dimmock.

“I was pushing hard, and it was super slippery after all the rain. I was also still getting used to being back in the Datsun.

“So, we lost a bit of time on the opening stage. But after that, we got into a rhythm and on the second pass through the stages, we were able to make up some ground to finish second in class.”

It was a solid result for Dimmock, who is not only looking to complete a full Australian Rally Championship campaign for the first time but also take the title in the Two-Wheel Drive Classic Cup class. Something he is looking to achieve in his freshly rebuilt Datsun 240Z.

“It was a great debut for the rebuilt car,” Dimmock continued.

“I was still a little bit rusty with it in the opening stages, but once we did that second pass on Sunday afternoon, everything was starting to feel familiar again.”

“It was really good to get reacquainted with Datsun after driving a couple of different cars in recent rallies, especially the four-wheel-drive turbo car.”

“We still need to do a little bit of development with the car, but we’ll work on that in the lead-up to the next event in Perth.”

While the weather limited the event to just six stages on Sunday, Dimmock was thankful to the rally organisers for their efforts in getting the event running.

“It was a very well-run event, and the organisers did a great job getting it running despite the challenging conditions that cancelled all of Saturday’s running,” said Dimmock.

The focus for the team now turns to the next round of the Australian Rally Championship in Western Australia, Forrest Rally, May 17-19.

As always Peter would thank his supporters, including Trailer Camper Australia, CBR Sparkies Canberra and Stew Wilkins S. W. Motorsport in Sydney.

2024 Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship Calendar

Round 1 – Rally of Canberra (ACT)– April 5-7
Round 2 – Forrest Rally (WA)– May 17-19
Round 3 – Rally of Queensland (QLD)– June 28-30
Round 4 – Gippsland Rally (VIC)– August 9-11
Round 5 – Adelaide Hills Rally (SA) – September 13-15
Round 6 – Rally Launceston (TAS) – November 22-24

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