The Excite Rallye Team combines world class drivers with an experienced management, marketing and support. The drivers up for 2012 are Martin Rowe, John Hardy and Andrew Coley wich will be running 3 vehicles from RaBe Race Cars.
David Jones, the business manager says they had to work even harder than ever and change their approach so they could secure the necessary coverage across all forms of media.
After seeing their professional approach, a manufacturer from RaBe Race Cars who has been monitoring them for a couple of years asked them if they could work together.
Mike Jones of RaBe Race Cars states that the last 15 years have been devoted to Desert racing and top Dakar honours so the partnership with the Excite Rally Team is to combine their skills so they could become the best of their sport.
So, after 4 years of testing and development and five prototypes that have already competed at three different Dakars with a mechanicali finish reliability rate of 100%, they are now able to focus on a very serious Dakar car wich is the D4-WN5.
The combined effort of all the key members, bring something very unique to the wider team, being one step closer to a world championship crown. This way, the 2012 season will turn out to be a great year for the Excite rally team and UK motorsport fans.
Driver John Hardy says they have always intended to give it their best shot, so after working for a very good result on the Dakar in 2013 they could shoot for overall honours.
The Excite team’s next significant target is to participate in several off-road rallies in 2012 and is currently in partnership with a great number of global brands.
The Dakar Rally is the world’s most challenging motorsport event, where hundreds of competitors cover in excess of 9,000 km in 14 days over some of the most hostile environmental conditions from anywhere in the world and where many leading vehicle manufacturers enter the event for the opportunity to market their products.
The first driver, Martin Rowe is an ex British, Chinese and World Rally Championship winner driver with a lot of experience and impressive drives for Peugeot, Renault, Ford and Porsche.
In 2002 he has won the 6th World Production cup and has been a Champion in the Manx Stage Rally(1991) followed by the British 1.6 Peugeot Challenge(1992), the British GpN(1994), and the British Formula Rally(2001). In 2004 he won the China Rally Championchi after driving 4 rounds, has represented Porsche Cars GB in the Transsyberia Rallye and is Representing Excite Rally Raid (2011/2012/2013).
Andrew Coley is the second driver and a National champion rally driver who has over ten years’ experience on tar, gravel, snow, ice and sand dunes. He started rallying in 1998, participating in 3 events and won the 1999 SE region tar championshio 1600 class. In 2000 he entered the Roger Clark Award and in 2001, Andrew finished 2nd in class A7. 2005-he was selected for the Dakar Challenge where he finished a very close 2nd to the Ford WRC team’s test driver. Won a class A6 in 2008 after entering the MSA National Gravel Championship. He is curently representing Excite Rallye Raid.
The third and final driver is John Hardy, with over 20 years’ British National Rally Championship experience, he has also helped many drivers with car setup and driver training.
In 1988 at age 16 he took part at his first Rally at Festival Rally Exeter. He achived a number of 3 finishes in class at the ACSMC Rounds in 1994 and in 1999 tested in EVO 6 for K sport and ACSMC Events. In 2004 he worked at the rally school at Castle Combe, worked with TV guys on Rallye Sunseeker in 2009 and is currently representing Excite Rallye Raid.
The car is a RaBe Race D4 WN5 built for T3 world championship, with a BMW disel engine, a ZF 6 speed transmission with two speed transfer cases, Compomotive Atacama RallyRaid wheels, BF Goodrich desert race G series tyres, a 260 litre fuel tank and a weight of 1900 Kg.
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