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The 2011 asp Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally will have Catford confident to better result from 2010


After success in various club tarmac racing events prior to the 2010 event, Kate Lehmann and Tristan Catford aspired to gain some invaluable experience and see how they would fair amongst the national competition. Both aged only 23, with very limited exposure to this level of motorsport, they were certainly forced to learn things quickly!

Thanks to the aid of some of the highly experienced campaigners in the field, their confidence developed stage by stage and was proven on the time sheets. The 2010 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally was Kate’s introduction to motorsport, not only adjusting to the demands of navigator duties, but also contending with the pace and keeping the success they were encountering in check. Trust inside the car is of paramount importance, and what they both deem their most valuable asset leading into the 2011 event.

Away from tarmac rallying, Kate is a Theatre Nurse and Tristan a Property Valuer. They have been a couple since their high school days harking from Jamestown in northern South Australia.

Catford and Lehman were extremely disappointed to have to retire with oil line damage close to rally's end in 2010, and though they exceeded far beyond their own expectations leading up to the failure, they did discovered how inadequate their club car set up was for this level of competition. With sights set on successfully completing the event in 2011, both vehicle and event preparation were their main focus.

To inspire further confidence in the Evo 9 GSR platform, they secured a set of Supaloc Racing’s revolutionary ‘Supashock Racing Suspension’ developed coil-overs for their upcoming tarmac racing events. The Evo 9 GSR has impressively transformed its grip and dampening compliancy, recording success of up to one second per kilometre over a variety of tarmac disciplines. In addition, driveline development and tuning from Steve Knight Racetech, combined with another year of competition experience places the team with strong confidence to contend the SA Tarmac Rally Championship.

The 2011 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally will be presenting 28 stages over 3 days, delivering almost 190 competitive kilometres. Friday will start with the prologue at Collingrove, followed by 6 stages that will head towards Penny’s Hill Winery at McLaren Vale through the magnificent Adelaide Hills. Saturday’s 12 stages will be run just south of McLaren Vale down to Victor Harbor, South Australia’s holiday capital and the events service park location for the day. Another 10 stages on Sunday will take place north west of McLaren Vale, travelling through the picturesque towns of Meadows, Macclesfield (location of the Sunday service park) and Strathalbyn before returning to McLaren Vale in the late afternoon to complete the event at Penny’s Hill Winery.

The 2011 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally has been scheduled for the 27th through to the 29th of May.

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