Brett Middleton and Andrew Benefield, will return to the Alpine rally again this year.
Driving their 1996 Honda Civic VtiR the duo will be aiming for a top 5 finish.
“As long as we treat the car right, its capable, but every year it gets harder to even make top ten! A far cry from our 3rd overall many years ago, that we threw away with a silly slip up on the night bitumen stage” Brett said.
“The strength of the Honda is not outright speed, but consistency, that’s not to say the car is slow, but its 1800 engine is no where near the grunt of many cars in front.” he added
The team have been together for a long time now, the car was purpose built for the 1997 ARC F2 series, where Brett co driven by Linda Long gained over all success against the factory team of Daihatsu, (Ross Mackenzie), semi factory team of Dean Herridge (Hyundai) and Lee Peterson (Nissan sunny)
In fact Lee Peterson will be also at the Alpine in the very same car that went head to head against Brett back in 1997!
The Honda has only very mild mods compared to cars around it, PPG Close ratio trans, a stock std 1800 integra engine, Motec ECU and MCA shocks.
These days Bretts focus has been promoting the NSW rally Series and the East Coast Classic rally series (that the Alpine is the final round of) he is also the President of North Shore Sporting car club, one of Australia’s largest clubs with over 500 members and he is the event manager of the highly successful Whiteline Tarmac rally series held over summer at Sydney dragway
Bretts day job now varies, having recently sold MRT performance and is now doing consulting work.