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Questions with: Joel Wald

Joel Wald was fired up after a great run in the SA Outback in the 2015 State Bank Discovery Trial Rerun – and his COT nomination was in within days of him getting home! Let’s meet Joel and see what he’s planned for COT16… 

What car will you be running in the 2016 COT? 
The ever reliable Tayell Automotive Stanza was originally built with the COT in mind. It is currently undergoing final checks prior to being unleashed.

Joel and Tracey in the Autosport stages.

Joel and Tracey in the Autosport stages. Pic by John Doutch.

Who will be in your team?
We are very fortunate to have secured international superstar co-driver, Tracey Dewhurst, just back from the Finnish Arctic Rally. Tracey understands COT demeanour – mental toughness, thirst for success and Facebook! Team manager, John Rawson (Tayell Automotive) will be supported by AK Servicing Duo (Andrew “nothings a drama” Paice and Kevin “the tool” Wilson) together with Kim “little white troll with big round nose” Begelhole. Performance Exhaust chief Dave “bikie” Robinson in support whilst scouring the countryside for TD and early model Volkswagen bits falling from competitor vehicles!

A happy team after the State Bank Rerun.

A happy team after the State Bank Rerun. L2R Joel, Kim Begelhole, Andrew Paice and Kevin Wilson

If you’re new to the COT, what has attracted you – what led you to nominate?
Ever since Cameron Jay and I serviced for Mike Ward and Dave Smith on the 1986 State Bank Discovery Trial, I have had a desire to compete in long distance event. I assisted with servicing for Neil Cuthbert in COT 2014 and got to understand a little more about the event. My run in the 2015 State Bank Re-Run further cemented my desire to get out back again.

What are your expecting from the 2016 COT?
To be competitive and to finish my first COT!

Joel and Tracey in the Stanza - pic by John Doutch.

Joel and Tracey in the Stanza – pic by John Doutch.

Have you been to Alice Springs before?
This will be my fourth time to Alice. All but one of my journeys have been motorsport oriented. Looking forward to the scenery and surface changes as we change direction during each day of competition.

Are you planning a bit of a Red Centre holiday as part of your rally? Will your partner, family or friends be joining you?
Many of my friends will be involved in COT in various ways. My wife has taken the opportunity to spend the time lying on a sun lounge in Bali with John Rawson’s wife. They believe the ambiance of Bali to be more inviting than the Red Centre. Go figure!?!

Joel and Tracey in the 2013 Alpine. Pic by Craig O'Brien

Joel and Tracey in the 2013 Alpine town stage. Pic by Craig O’Brien

Who are your sponsors or supporters?
Is a supporter the same as a sponsor but without the injection of funds? If so, we have many supporters and less sponsors. That said, Tayell Automotive and Byron Bay Cookies are the real deal with real support whenever required.

What is/was your favourite rally car?
My GA/GB Galants running up to 24 events a season trying to emulate Dinta (without much success).

Joel in the 1987 Alpine Rally

The beloved Galant – this shot from the 87 Alpine.

What is your most memorable rallying moment?
Sitting in the ‘very’ silly seat with John Rawson on Grand Ridge Road!!! (To be expanded upon at a later date.)

What will you be doing to get ready for the 2016 COT?
Losing weight!

Where are you, and what are you doing as you answer these questions?
About to head down to Tayell Headquarters to enjoy the afternoon with rally crazed people whilst watching the 2015 Alpine on 7Mate. Yeah..

You may be able to guess from Joel’s answers that he and the team always have a lot of fun… Thanks Joel – great to have you and the team with us – see you in Alice Springs.

Thanks too to John Doutch and Craig O’Brien for their pics for this post. 

One last thing… Joel insisted we include this grab of the results after day 4 of the State Bank… his caption for it was “A good day! :-)”  Not surprising – winning a day and being =2 O/R behind Ross and Lisa Dunkerton sounds like a wonderful day! 

Results from day 4 of the 2015 State Bank Discovery Trial Rerun.

Results from day 4 of the 2015 State Bank Discovery Trial Rerun.

The Stanza in the 2013 Alpine .

2013 Alpine – pic by Craig O’Brien .