Andrews prepares for rally car national title



GLADSTONE rally driver and former 2003 Queensland champion Paul Andrews will take his first step towards capturing a national title next year when he lines up at the Rydges Capricorn Rally tomorrow.

The 150km event starts at Rydges and takes competitors into Byfield Forest where they will tackle some of the fastest forest roads in Queensland.

Andrews has spent the past 12 months upgrading his Mitsubishi Lancer EVO6 and is keen to see how it performs against some of Australia's best rally car drivers this weekend.

'I have the car that's capable of winning the event,' Andrews said. 'I just have to drive well enough on the day to win it and

I'm confident of being there at the end.'

Andrews said he would continue developing the car throughout the remainder of the year in a bid to be ready for next year's Australian Road Championships.

He will be the fourth driver off the ranks tomorrow, a situation which Andrews described as ideal.

'The lead three cars will sweep the roads clean, giving me a better shot at setting fast times,' he said.

Fellow Gladstone drivers Terry Scott and Ted O'Brien will lead the field, being the first away in their Subaru Liberty RS Turbo.

The Rydges event also doubles as round four of the Queensland Rally Championships.



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