BRAD Markovic of Kalamunda will make his Kennards Hire Rally Australia debut this weekend when he heads to Coffs Coast for the final round of the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship.
The event is also the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship and Markovic is looking forward to competing with the world’s best drivers.
“It’s such a big event to be a part of with drivers like World Rally Championship champ Sebastien Ogier competing on the same roads,” he said.
Fellow Western Australian Glenn Macneall will join Markovic in the Subaru WRX STi.
Earlier this year, Markovic revealed his confidence had been rattled following a freak fire that destroyed his car in the opening round of WA’s Quit Forest Rally.
“I’m in a good place now and I know I have the package with Glenn and myself, as well as the Maximum Motorsport team behind us, to fight for a win at this event.”
Markovic is sixth on the Australian Rally Championship leaderboard, but with Maximum Motorsport team mate Tom Wilde absent from the event, he will challenge NSW’s Chris Higgs for fourth in the championship.
“We’ve got a good shot at this,” he said.
“The aim is to make our speed consistent and finish the year on a high.”
In preparation for the rally, Markovic has been watching in-car footage from previous years.
“I wanted to familiarise myself with the style of roads before we commence recce,” he said.
“I’m lucky in the fact Glenn has done this event a couple of times, so his experience will be really valuable too.”
The rally finishes on Sunday, November 20.
By Elissa Macneall