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The BEMW Rally Team Results

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2009 Winners: AMSAG Open Rally Championship
2008 AASA 2WD Modern Rally Champions
2008 AMSAG Modern 2WD Championship 2nd Outright
2007 Forster Great Lakes Rally 2WD Outright Champions
2006 2WD(over 2 Litre) Class NSW State Rally Champions


SMR Eden Rally
The rally that could have been...

BEMW Rally Car

Fine weather and sublime road conditions made for an exciting rally at Eden (31st July/1st August), with the BEMW team making a strong impression as they led throughout Saturday and early into Sunday.

Mark had an opportunity to sample the local roads on Friday’s media day, taking sponsors and media through a 9km section of East Boyd State Forest. Reviewing the in-car footage showed some interesting reactions from passengers for whom this was their first rally experience – responses ranged from terrified to thoroughly excited as Mark put the car through its paces on some twisty sections of road.

One BEMW team member was also provided the opportunity to ride in the rival BMW E30 of Ben and Pip Barker. This was the car’s first competitive outing, with ex-Toyota factory driver Ben Barker behind the wheel. The ride confirmed that the BEMW team had some serious competition on their hands.

It was largely the presence of such a direct competitor that gave driver Mark Callinan and co-driver Matt Wilson the impetus to push their car harder for the duration of the SMR Eden Rally, with impressive results. The pair managed to set the fastest times for Stages One and Two, providing a lead that they held onto for the remainder of the day.

BEMW Rally Car

In addition to the Barker BMW, more stiff competition came in the form of Mal Hurley in his WRX. Mal managed to combine his local knowledge with some gutsy driving to keep the BEMW team on their toes for both days’ racing. In fact, one stage saw cars competing on a section of road that Mal drives daily en route to work – he managed to take 35 seconds off the BEMW car on this stage, partially helped by the fact that the BEMW car had a spin part way through the stage. This gain helped Mal to enter the night stages only 9 seconds behind the BEMW team.

However, a strong performance by the BEMW boys during the four night stages saw them stretch their lead to an impressive 1min 9 seconds before the close of Saturday’s racing.

Sunday morning the team went out aggressively in an effort to maintain their lead, despite being in the undesirable position of first car on the road (essentially meaning that they are sweeping it for the other competitors). The team dropped only 1 second to Hurley and 13 seconds to the Barkers on Sunday morning’s 36km long opening stage, but still held onto their overall lead of almost 1min 08 sec into the Stage 16.

Unfortunately, the BEMW car got a flat tyre on the offside rear only a few kilometres into the 20+ kilometre stage. The executive decision was made to drive on rather than lose time changing the tyre. Mark put in a gutsy drive at speeds of up to 110 km/h with the tyre slowly shredding itself to pieces, before finally finishing the stage on a cracked and rubberless rim. The slowed pace inevitably allowed Mal Hurley to catch and overtaking the BMW, meaning that their lead was now lost.

BEMW Rally Car
The wheel... or what was left of it!

After changing the damaged wheel at service, the BEMW car again started as Car 1 into the seventeenth and final stage. The team had calculated that they would need to make up 4 seconds per kilometre over the remaining 17km in order to regain their lead and take out first place outright for the rally, an impossible task. A strong start showed the determination of the boys to make up lost time, but it wasn’t to be – with only seven competitive kilometres remaining, the car’s number two piston let go and pushed the gudgeon pin out through the side of the block, causing the engine to fail. The BEMW pair were then forced to spectate as each of the remaining cars passed them and took their place from a possible first to a DNF (‘did not finish’) over the course of the next hour.

BEMW Rally Car
And one of the pistons... or what was left of it!

While the engine now requires rebuilding, it is worth noting that it had withstood the significant punishment of almost 11 000km of rallying, during which it had spent much time revving to 7500rpm – not exactly your average driving conditions. The pistons were also the basic cast variety and not forged race pistons, and yet had provided 4 years of hassle-free racing. In fact, the number two piston letting go represents the first significant issue in the car’s four year history, a true testament to the BEMW crew’s mechanical expertise.

The team remained in good spirits after an overall satisfying outing, but were left to consider what could have been as they towed the car out of the stage and winched it onto the trailer for the ride back to Eden.

The weekend’s SMR Eden Rally showed what BEMW team was capable of and also provided some valuable experience in terms of tyre selection. Mark opted for the new Kumho R900 pattern on the rear and eventually experimented with cross-cutting and grooving the Kumho R800 tyres fitted to the front to achieve even better results. An experimental design with the front skirt also paid off, with it withstanding more punishment than previous versions. A new in-car camera set-up also allowed for more and better quality footage, which will soon be uploaded to Youtube and Facebook.

The team is planning to rebuild the BEMW 325i engine in time to compete in the Cowra rally in September. Check the BEMW Rally website (www.bemwrally.com.au) for updates on the car’s progress – and for a sneak peak of the new E46 M3 rally car the team is preparing for 2011.


BEMW would like to acknowledge the support of the sponsors who make it all possible. Morrisey Services who provided both the service vehicle and financial support, Kumho Tyres, The Other Dimension, and of course Sydney Wide European Autos.

Anyone interested can view some video footage of the BEMW Rally team in action on Youtube - just search for 'BEMW Rally Team' or check out the website at www.bemwrally.com.


Once again Mark, Matt and the BEMW Rally Team would like to thank the businesses that support the team and ask that where possible you support them. You can click on their names to link to their websites:

SWEA

Sydney Wide European Autos
New and Used Parts for European Cars

Kumho

Kumho Motorsport Tyres
Stick with these guys

Penrite

Penrite Oils
A better class of oil for a better class of rally car

Sonax

Sonax Car Care Products
This is how we scrub up to win our 'Best Presented Car' awards

The Other Dimension

The Other Dimension
Creative, Marketing & Design

For more information on AMSAG and the 2009 AMSAG Rally Series please visit: www.amsag.com.au

Regards,

The BEMW Team.

Previous Rally Updates:
Update 1: Manning Valley - click here
Update 2: Bega - click here
Update 3: Canberra - click here

Update 4: Cowra - click here
Update 5: Jenolan - click here
Update 6: Bathurst - click here
Update 7: Jenolan - click here
Update 8: Jenolan - click here
Update 9: Cowra - click here


Rally Videos & Downloads

Here are some videos edited and uploaded from us in the State Rally Championship. For a review of the events and to follow our progress, check out the Rally News link on the left.

More videos will be posted with each event.

To watch them in your browser window, simply click on them.

[note: you need QuickTime to view these - available free here]

To keep a copy on your computer, that you can resize, use right-click 'save target as' and choose a location to save to.

Manning Valley video - Spectator Views

Manning Valley video 2 - Stage 5 (in-car)

Manning Valley video 3 - Stage 6 (in-car)

Manning Valley video 4 - Stage 7 (night/in-car)

Bega Rally  video - Various Stages Montage

Canberra Rally  video - Various Stages Montage


Youtube BEMW Rally Videos
Click here to check out our YouTube Channel (BEMW2).


Cowra AMSAG Rally 2008
BMW E30 In-Car footage from 2008 Cowra AMSAG Stage 3 shortened down.

 


Cowra AMSAG Rally 2008

BEMW Rally Team Car 12 Mark Callinan & Matt Wilson. Stage 13.

 


Great Lakes Rally - Forster 2007

Great Lakes Rally Forster Special Stage 9. We were going well until we had to stop due to a car blocking the road.

 


Bay Stages Rally 2006
More bits from Bay Stages Rally, mainly Special Stage 2.

 


Bay Stages Rally 2006
In-car action from Bay Stages Rally 2006 Special Stage 1.

 

Click here to check out our YouTube Channel, where you can choose to be notified of when new videos become available.

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Marketing, PR and site design by ::: The Other Dimension :::

 

 

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