The Australian, a frontrunner in the new-for-2011 FIA WRC Academy, has taken over Anders Grondal’s registration in the Production Car World Rally Championship but needs to find a car after a deal to use a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX fell through.
Reeves, ranked as one of his country’s most promising young stars, said: “We have an entry and had a car but that’s fallen through so we’re working hard to secure another car. We’re trying really hard it being our home event and we really want to be there to show the fans what we can do as we’re obviously racing away in Europe at the moment. It would also be good to be on our home event in a Group N car so we could race Hayden [Paddon, the PWRC leader]. He feels a bit local being from New Zealand so it would be nice to go up against him.”
Reeves, who turned 23 last week, has achieved success in Group N production machinery during his stint in his domestic championship and also when he competed in the Asia Pacific series alongside his sister Rhianon Smyth, who continues to navigate her young brother.
If Reeves is successful in securing a car for Rally Australia then he will be one of 14 drivers eligible for PWRC points on the gravel round. He will also be one of three Aussies taking part in the showroom category with Nathan Quinn (Mitsubishi) and Leigh Gotch (Subaru) both having secured wildcard entries from the event organisers.
After three rounds of the WRC Academy Cup, Reeves is third in the standings. The next round of that series isn’t until Rally de France Alsace at the end of September.