Herridge Looks Forward to 2000 by Neil Blackbourn
rally.com.au caught up with a very confident Dean Herridge at the Maximum Motorsport yesterday to ask his plans for the 2000 season. And his plans at this stage are unconfirmed but they have a good idea of the programme and have even bigger plans than the ARC to add to the agenda.
"We have been working hard to put together a programme for 2000, and the final touches are being put to that at the moment" said Dean yesterday.
The team plans to start the year in the ex John Farrell owned Subaru Impreza at the Forest Rally, round one of the ARC, and then on to Canberra and on from there if funds permit. "We have been working hard over summer to update the Impreza from the version 2 spec as it ran Rally Oz to a latest spec version 5 spec, so we should be on the pace this year. It was fine as a version 2 however the competition will be tough this year, so we are especially pleased with the improvements to the car, and we are also have Glenn Macneall aboard for all but Canberra at this stage." (And not Canberra only because of his involvement in the organisation of the event.)
The team has managed to sell the Hyundai Coupe that Dean had campaigned with Lyndall Drake in Oz and Glenn Macneall in England to local WA driver Bradley Markovic, so that is one major advantage for the team going into 2000. "We have other things in the pipeline as well. We are still negotiating with a team to do up to six rounds of the WRC in Group N and of course that is the preferred choice, however if it doesn't come off we will still be moving up from F2 to 4WD turbo in the ARC so 2000 should be good either way." Dean related to rally.com.au yesterday.
So whether the Perth based driver is to do the ARC or the WRC, the year will be a busy one for Dean and Maximum Motorsport. "The team still has the support of long time sponsors Snap On Tools, Bridgestone and Grand Chancellor Hotels, and they are all very happy with whatever programme we end up with in 2000," enthused Dean.
Meanwhile the old owner of the Subaru Impreza that Dean may drive during 2000, current State Champion John Farrell has confirmed that he will not defend his WA title this year. "I have some very large business commitments in Greece this year, so the only event I am confirmed for is the Rally of Canberra, where I will be the WA state representative in the FAI State Champions Challenge." He will use the ubiquitous Herridge yellow Legacy as part of the deal that saw the Impreza become the property of Maximum Motorsport. "I will be searching out an Version 5 Impreza from some business contacts form Japan so that will be built up at some stage by Maximum's and I may be back in time to do some of the later rounds of the WA State."