Guest gears up for podium finish
Guest, from Lake Macquarie, has had a mixed season behind the wheel of his LWR-prepared Impreza WRX STI, and after the tarmac of Tasmania last month, the prospect of returning to the gravel looks attractive.
He says he’s looking forward to the challenge of tackling new terrain in the Daikin-Allied Air Conditioning Coffs Coast Rally.
"Although Coffs hasn’t had a round of the ARC since 2000, it’s great it’s back in the championship," he said.
"Stages will be new to ARC regulars and that means nobody will have a real advantage.
"I really enjoy the natural, hardwood forest stages as they are similar to the roads I grew up driving on, so the plan is to push hard and finish on the podium."
After disappointment in Tasmania where his Subaru suffered drivetrain problems, Guest is determined to put bad luck behind him.
Mechanical problems, collisions with kangaroos and accidents have thwarted his assault on the championship but he remains confident ahead of the final round.
"We had a really good gravel set up for the car at the last two gravel events and picked up second in Queensland," Guest said.
"We expect conditions to be dry and that means we’ll need to run a harder compound Pirelli tyre, so we’ll work on the suspension set-up during the pre-rally test session."
With co-driver David Green, Guest will drive the same left-hand drive Impreza WRX STI he had in Tasmania.
"Toyota factory drivers, Simon Evans and Neal Bates, will be hard to beat, as will privateers such as Eli Evans and Spencer Lowndes," he added.
"Local Nathan Quinn should also be on the pace of the front runners but I enjoy the roads this event offers and I’ll be driving flat out to give the team and our sponsors a fitting result to end the season."
The Coffs Coast Rally will be held over 223.70 competitive kilometres and 14 special stages.
Two of the stages will be run four times and the Sherwood and Bucca Long tests make up over 70 per cent of the total event distance.
To follow Michael Guest’s progress during the rally, watch live results at www.rally.com.au or visit www.leswalkdenrallying.com