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PRESS RELEASE 26 August, 2004

Sara Ready to Tackle Rally of Nelson.

Currently studying a double degree at Massey University, former Nelsonian Sara Randall is really looking forward to this weekend's Rally of

Nelson.    "It's going to be awesome to get back to my favourite roads - the roads I learnt to drive on!"

A new-found self-confidence and determination sees Sara glowing. "Based on what I was taught at the Elite MotorSport Academy, we've been

working a lot on my fitness, mental toughness and motivation, and I'm feeling the most balanced and happy I've felt in all my life. It's given me

such a boost, which is helping my rallying no end."

Currently 2nd overall in the New Zealand Rally 2wd Championship, Sara intends to give it her all at Nelson. "We've been coaxing the car along

this season, trying out a few new things and working on my cornering speed etc. However, we've made the decision that we'll go out and do the

business at Nelson, and I'm ready for that! We've set some achievable performance goals and we'll be monitoring them throughout the rally -

involving the whole team in the exercise. We're really looking forward to it"

The second day stages at July's Rally of Rotorua saw Sara work steadily on her technique to win the final stage in the NZRC 2wd class. "Rotorua

proved we could do it, despite having a 1600cc car, it's just a matter of bringing everything into the package at the same time" she smiles.

Hawkes Bay was the pits for me. I was really sick with a stomach bug and the weather conditions made it very difficult to get the car safely

through to the end. We just drove to survive and gain valuable points. Nelson gives us a great chance to redeem ourselves!"

Sara has been testing and training at some local events and is really happy with her Toyota Levin. "We competed at a Wanganui Rallysprint and

then a hillclimb at Dannevirke the next day. This was a really valuable weekend as we were able to make a few adjustments which have given us

a better package to take to Nelson."

Co-driver Carl Rabbidge will be sitting with Sara for Nelson once again."Carl has become one of my best friends and we work really well together

both in the car and out. The best co-driver is one who understands what you need before you need it - be it reassurance, advice, or just to be

told you're being a blouse!"

Sara, Carl and their car will be at the Pre-Rally Display between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 28th August at the WOW Complex, Tahunanui and the

rally itself commences on Sunday 29th August. Results will be available on www.nelsoncarclub.co.nz/rally

Please feel free to contact us with any comments, suggestions or questions

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