The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008
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8 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, April 15, 2008 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -A P R -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K MOTORING Arunga Park racing titles Arunga Park Speedway World Bomber Titles results. Sprint Cars- 1st Mark Phillips; 2nd Steve Anderson; 3rd Les Robertson Juniors- Natasha Armistead; 2nd Eric Donaldson; 3rd Jake Hicks; 4th Jack Thomsen Street Stocks- 1st Tony White; 2nd Mike Rice; 3rd Adam McDonald; 4th Scott Raven Bombers- 1st Tony White; 2nd Steven Howell; 3rd Brian Moore; 4th Stephen Hines Alice Springs Offroad Race Club Sporties Spectacular Outright results: 422 Bruce Muir/420, Steve Jentsch/860, Ken Callanan/384, Grant Ballantine/168, Axle Greening/269, Jim Crompton/223, Greg Hicks/399, Wayne Braszell/314, Lucinda Owen/224, Locky Berryman. Small cars are kings of sales SMALL cars are ruling motor vehicle sales, the latest Federal Chamber of Automoti v e I n d u s t r i e s VFACTS sales figures show. In the year to March 31, the Toyota Corolla is the most popular passenger car with 12,002 sales ahead of Holdens VE Commodore, 11,551 sales, and the Mazda3, 8779. First-quarter sales for other small cars were the Mitsubishi Lancer, 4994, Honda Civic, 5000, and Ford Focus 4417. Consumers love affair with off-roaders continues. FCAI chief e x e c u t i v e A n d r e w McKellar said sports utility vehicles maintained strong sales. Though the passenger market was down 4127 sales (2.6 per cent), compared to the same period in 2007, SUV sales were up 7544 vehicles. Mr McKellar said: Consumers are being lured by considerable new-model activity in t h e S U V m a r k e t , greater availability of diesel engines and a general preference for the versatility and flexibility these vehicles offer. 100 vehicles line up for coast rally MORE than 100 4WD and rally cars built before 1986 will depart Alice Springs on a 7000km tour to the Gold Coast this September. A car throws up dust during an earlier rally. The Red Centre to Gold Coast Trial is rally number 12 for the Round Australia rally group, and will see 120 cars rough it through the Northern Territory and regional Queensland for 12 days. The Confederation of Australian Motor Sportapproved Supplementary Regulations for the trial have just been released. The Redex Round Australia rallies started in 1953, and are major events for the national off-road motoring community. Many members of the 90 crews already committed to taking part have been participants before. One of the most experienced is nine-time New South Wales Rally C h a m p i o n B a r r y Ferguson, who took part in the 1964, 1979, 1995 and 1998 events, finishing second outright in the first two. He will compete in the trial driving the same former Holden Team Commodore that he shared with Wayne Bell and Dave Boddy to place second in the 1979 Repco Reliability Trial. Starting in Alice Springs on Monday September 8, the Trial will tour in a zigzag course across Central Australia before finishing on the Gold Coast on Saturday September 20. A large part of the course will cover roads never previously used in Round Australia trials. Organisers are currently in north-western Queensland surveying roads for the trial. For more information go to: www.redcentretogoldcoasttrial.com.au Recall to fix fault in Subaru turbo engine Neil McDonald Subaru Forester A WORLDWIDE recall has been launched to repair a significant fault in Subarus turbocharged 2.5-litre engines. The recall affects 1233 Foresters, Imprezas, WRX, WRX STi, Liberty GT sedan and wagons locally, according to Subaru Australia spokesman David Rowley. The cars were made between January 8 and April 5. Rowley says no incidents with the turbo engines have been reported in Australia. However, Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of Subaru vehicles, has temporarily suspended production, and the sale of all 2.5-litre fourcylinder turbocharged engines built between the notified dates. Cars affected are the Forester XT, chassis number 002070 onwards; Impreza WRX and WRX STI, chassis number 015006 onwards; Liberty GT sedan, chassis number 038385 onwards; and Liberty GT wagon, chassis number 068148 onwards. Rowley says cars fitted with all other displacement engines and the 2.5-litre normally aspirated engine are not affected. Nor is the issue related to oilusage problems with sixcylinder engines, he says. The problem in the turbocharged 2.5-litre engines was reported after some cars experienced an engine knocking noise and the recall is aimed at avoiding possible damage to the engines of potentially affected vehicles. Fuji has identified the problem as abnormal wear on conrod big-end bearings and is working to identify the cause and produce a fix. Therefore, in the interests of preventing any possibility of engine damage, we are isolating any potentially affected vehicles from sale until the cause and correction are identified, a company statement says. Subaru Australia will update its retail network and relevant customers as soon as possible, on receipt of further advice from Fuji. Concerned customers can contact Subaru customer relations, ph: 1800 226 643.