Currently studying a double degree at Massey University, former Nelsonian
Sara Randall is really looking forward to this weekend's Rally of Nelson.
"It's going to be awesome to get back to my favourite roads - the roads I
learnt to drive on!"
A new-found self-confidence and determination sees Sara glowing. "Based on
what I was taught at the Elite MotorSport Academy, we've been working a lot
on my fitness, mental toughness and motivation, and I'm feeling the most
balanced and happy I've felt in all my life. It's given me such a boost,
which is helping my rallying no end."
Currently 2nd overall in the New Zealand Rally 2wd Championship, Sara
intends to give it her all at Nelson. "We've been coaxing the car along this
season, trying out a few new things and working on my cornering speed etc.
However, we've made the decision that we'll go out and do the business at
Nelson, and I'm ready for that! We've set some achievable performance goals
and we'll be monitoring them throughout the rally - involving the whole team
in the exercise. We're really looking forward to it"
The second day stages at July's Rally of Rotorua saw Sara work steadily on
her technique to win the final stage in the NZRC 2wd class. "Rotorua proved
we could do it, despite having a 1600cc car, it's just a matter of bringing
everything into the package at the same time" she smiles. "Hawkes Bay was
the pits for me. I was really sick with a stomach bug and the weather
conditions made it very difficult to get the car safely through to the end.
We just drove to survive and gain valuable points. Nelson gives us a great
chance to redeem ourselves!"
Sara has been testing and training at some local events and is really happy
with her Toyota Levin. "We competed at a Wanganui Rallysprint and then a
hillclimb at Dannevirke the next day. This was a really valuable weekend as
we were able to make a few adjustments which have given us a better package
to take to Nelson."
Co-driver Carl Rabbidge will be sitting with Sara for Nelson once again.
"Carl has become one of my best friends and we work really well together
both in the car and out. The best co-driver is one who understands what you
need before you need it - be it reassurance, advice, or just to be told
you're being a blouse!"
Sara, Carl and their car will be at the Pre-Rally Display between 2pm and
5pm on Saturday 28th August at the WOW Complex, Tahunanui and the rally
itself commences on Sunday 29th August. Results will be available on