Taking a break from his busy maintenance schedule, Petty Officer Marine Technician (POMT) Adam Crich from HMAS Arunta recently competed in a four day, 250km-long, competitive tarmac rally with team Targa West.
After four gruelling days of competition, in front of thousands of spectators, he finished 16th in his class of 27 competitors.
“The team is normally my father, Peter, as the navigator and myself as the driver, but Peter was unavailable for this event so Steven Proctor filled in as Navigator,” Petty Officer Crich said.
Petty Officer Crich has been involved in motorsport for more than 18 years, and it was this love of cars that helped contribute to his career as a Marine Technician in the Navy.
“We currently race a 1998 Mitsubishi Evolution 6 which was originally imported into the country as a rally/race car.
“I really like racing, and with Navy training I have been able to learn and implement the skills required to maintain my car to the highest standard,” he said.
“It is great when your work and hobbies align.
“When the car developed a vibration issue on day two of the event, I was able to diagnose the problem and determine that it wasn’t affecting the drivability of the car.
“As a result, I could continue racing,” Petty Officer Crich said.
“The Targa West event was our third consecutive event and would not have been made possible without the support of SPAR Australia and HMAS Arunta, who enable me to continue competing in these events.
“We previously competed in Targa Tasmania in 2005, finishing 52nd out of 120 cars, winning our class and coming second in our category,” he said.
The team is now planning on competing in Targa Tasmania in April 2020.