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Mazda MX-5 rally drive

By Glenn Butler, 27 Apr 2016 Features

Real drivers do it sideways

Mazda MX-5 rally drive

Real drivers do it sideways.

My little dirt road jaunt was nothing compared to the insanity Mazda unleashed on willing media in 2013. Mazda closed a 6km stretch of dirt road used on Rally Canberra and invited us to race the clock. Recipe for disaster, yes? The only damage was to rims (rocks) and ruptured tyres, and a couple of bumpers, despite the treacherous forest route. Yours truly logged the third-fastest time, behind former Wheels contributor James Stanford (1st) and present contributor Toby Hagon.