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Selley switches to Evo for 2012 tarmac assault


Matt Selley has been involved within the rally fraternity since 2002. A good friend of his, a 30yr veteran of the sport, was the one that gave him the push to get him to become a competitor. He was given the opportunity to drive his friends rally car on a track.... And he’s been hooked ever since.

Why rallying? It’s simple. Matt loves the team spirit. “The attraction of rallying is the fact that the driver and co-driver are completely reliant on each other. Success is not simply referable to how fast a driver can pedal, but the numerous tactical decisions on where and when to make a charge. Nothing can give you more of an adrenalin rush than approaching a blind crest and committing to the co-drivers call of FLAT”.

Unfortunately, Matt isn’t competing this year in the SARC. He sold his trusty Subaru of 5 years, which is now being campaigned interstate. He recently bought a Ralliart Works Evo 9 RS, without even seeing it let alone driving it. He’ll drive this in Targa Tasmania in April, which he has said was always on his bucket list. It will also make an appearance in the Open section of the asp Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally.

Matt is heading overseas during June and July, but will be back in time to get his old Porsche out in time for the Classic Adelaide Rally in August. He’s also said, if we pester him enough, he’ll run the Evo 9 RS on the gravel at the Kuitpo Forest Rally… So pester we shall!

Matt’s first car was a Chrysler ute, which had no reverse gear and “used to make parking interesting”. His ultimate car… His Evo 9 RS.

Matt makes his money as a lawyer, keeping his wife and 2 daughters happy. On his free weekends, he enjoys motorbike riding and fishing.

Matt has two very large thank you’s to go out. The first one is to his engineer, Duncan Alston, who Matt believes he never could’ve stood a chance of winning without. Duncan has now moved to the UK to work for McLaren. “Duncan has always said that the day I bought an Evo, was the day he would leave. It seems he had a crystal ball and left early”

The second goes to his old co-driver, Claire Ryan. “She has been my side for several years seasons and has been a part of my most memorable rallies. Claire is a brilliant co-driver and has been justly rewarded with a factory co-drive.” A big congratulations goes out to Claire!