Peter Dimmock Perseveres For Points In Forest Rally

by Jun 6, 2024

Demonstrating remarkable resilience, Peter Dimmock overcame mechanical issues during the Forest Rally to secure valuable points in his Australian Rally Championship Classic Cup campaign.

Driving on the gravel roads of Nannup, just outside Busselton, the Canberran had to overcome braking issues and a broken wheel on his Datsun 260Z to complete the rally and score points.

In an event that saw many drivers strike difficulties, the troublesome run forced Dimmock to retire from Saturday’s running. But after overnight repairs was able to resume on Sunday to finish Heat 2 second in class, adding valuable points to his championship campaign.

“We didn’t have any problems in testing, but unfortunately, as soon as the competition started, we had brake issues straight away,” said Dimmock after the rally.

“Five to ten k’s into each stage, the brake pedal would go straight to the floor.”

“We pushed on, losing about a minute each stage, until we broke a wheel on SS5, the second run through Ellis, which forced us to retire from Saturday’s running.”

“Thankfully, we were able to fix the Datsun overnight, and we rejoined the event for the second heat on Sunday to complete the rally.”

Dimmock went on to finish second in class in Sunday’s Heat 2, adding 40 championship points to his total, allowing him to maintain third place in the championship standings after two events.

Despite the issues, Dimmock really enjoyed his time in Western Australia.

“It was a good rally, a well run event. A really good experience,” Dimmock continued.

“Saturday’s stages through the forest really suited my driving style.”

“Being the 30th car on the road meant the roads were already swept by the time I went through, which probably helped.”

“I really enjoyed the run through Helium (SS1 & SS4) on Saturday, the longest stage of the event.”

“Even just driving across the country to get to the event was a highlight. I really enjoyed it.”

Now that Peter has returned to his Canberra base, preparations have begun for the next event in Queensland.

“Now that we’re back, we’ve got a fair bit to work on with the Datsun,” Dimmock explained.

“We’ve already stripped the car. We’ll get to the bottom of the brake issues and a few other little things that presented themselves in WA.”

It’ll be a tight turnaround ahead of the next round of the Australian Rally Championship with Rally Queensland in Gympie, to be held June 28-30.

As always, Peter would like to thank his supporters, including Trailer Camper Australia, AusTrack Campers, CBR Sparkies Canberra, and the assistance of 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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