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PRESS RELEASE 26 August, 2004
Sara Ready to Tackle Rally of Nelson.
Currently studying a double degree at Massey University, former Nelsonian
Sara Randall is really looking forward to this weekend's Rally of
"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
balanced and happy I've felt in all my life. It's given me
which is helping my rallying no end."
Currently 2nd overall in the New Zealand Rally 2wd Championship,
intends to give it her all at Nelson. "We've been coaxing the car along
season, trying out a few new things and working on my cornering
However, we've made the decision that we'll go out and do the
Nelson, and I'm ready for that! We've set some achievable performance
and we'll be monitoring them throughout the rally -
in the exercise. We're really looking forward to it"
The second day stages at July's Rally of Rotorua saw Sara work steadily
her technique to win the final stage in the NZRC 2wd class. "Rotorua
we could do it, despite having a 1600cc car, it's just a matter
everything into the package at the same time" she smiles.
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
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
with her Toyota Levin. "We competed at a Wanganui Rallysprint and
hillclimb at Dannevirke the next day. This was a really valuable
we were able to make a few adjustments which have given us
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
you're being a blouse!"
Sara, Carl and their car will be at the Pre-Rally Display between
5pm on Saturday 28th August at the WOW Complex, Tahunanui and
itself commences on Sunday 29th August. Results will be available