Rally / 18 October 2012

Evans And Weston Win Two-Wheel Drive ARC Australian Championship with the Jazz G2

Eli Evans and Glen Weston are the Bosch ARC Two-Wheel Drive Champions after a superb weekend at the Snakes Racing Coffs Coast Rally.

Honda Australia?s Director and General Manager Sales and Marketing, Mr. Stephen Collins is thrilled to announce that Honda has also won the Manufacturer?s Title for 2012.

?What a fantastic result for Honda and Evans Motorsport. Congratulations to Eli and Glen for winning the two-wheel drive championship. ?Racing is all about teamwork. These victories are testament to the professionalism of our team at Honda, at Evans Motorsport and the hours of behind the scenes efforts from our partners at Mugen and J.A.S. What a great way to cap off our first year with the G2 Jazz,? Mr. Collins said.

Although there is still one more round of the 2012 calendar, Evans and Weston had enough points to take the championship and claim their first overall championship win. ?I?m over the moon to win the championship with one round still remaining,? said an excited Evans. ?The Hondas did it again! We ran without any problems all weekend.
What a fantastic racing machine these Honda Jazz have become.? Co-driver Weston added; ?I?m very proud to have helped secure the championship for Honda and Evans Motorsport. Eli drove a superb and fault-free rally. If we keep this form up, I think that we will have a terrific shot at backing up this year?s championship with another one next year!?

Team mates Mark Pedder and Claire Ryan also had a successful round, placing second outright for the weekend. They currently sit in second on the championship ladder and if they finish well in Victoria, could take second outright in the two-wheel drive championship. ?We had our best result for the year,? Pedder said. ?Bringing home a 1-2 for Honda was brilliant. The weekend was huge for Evans Motorsport with Eli and Glen securing the championship.?

?I couldn?t be happier for Eli and Glen,? co-driver Ryan added. ?They and the team truly deserve the win. Mark and I had a great weekend and are hoping for a 1-2 result for the year at Rally Victoria.? Evans praised his team mates; ?To have Mark and Claire there with us on the podium for a 1-2 finish capped off an awesome weekend.?

This year, the Bosch ARC ran two championships concurrently; a two and four-wheel drive series. Next year sees the introduction of a two-wheel drive only championship and the G2 Honda Jazz are well placed in this exciting new competition.

Mads Fischer J.A.S. Motorsport technical coordinator committed:  Last Saturday was as big moment when Eli and Glen Secured Honda?s First ever Australian 2WD Championship: a Great Team Effort as everybody was working with a very short time schedule getting engines updated/car built and of course running the program .

We want to thank Honda for believing in the Australian Championship, Mugen for their brilliant engines and Team Evans for delivering a perfect Rally team to "print" this great moment into the Australian Rally books and last but not the least all  JAS staff for the big effort building and supporting this Campaign We are looking forward to the next year championship welcoming the new manufactures coming in.

The final round of the Bosch ARC for 2012 is Rally Victoria, November 15 and 16 in and around the forests of Warragul.