EnerMech EPS Machinist Wins Tasmanian Rally Championship

We’re always excited when our staff achieve excellence in their personal endeavours. EnerMech EPS Machinist, Keith Abblitt, who works on the Itcthys LNG Project in the Northern Territory, recently won the Tasmanian Rally Championship, a fantastic accomplishment by any standard.

Driving their Subaru WRX STi, Keith, and co-driver Adrian Hodgetts, took out the series after a strong performance in both heats of the LWR Mountain Stages Rally, run in the forests around Mathinna, Tasmania.

We caught up with Keith to see how he got into Rally, and what attracted him to the sport.

Firstly, what do you do at the Itcthys and how did you get into the industry?

“I perform mobile onsite flange refacing, and did my apprenticeship as a fitter machinist in Somerset, Tasmania.”

Congrats on your recent win In the Tasmanian Rally Series. How long have you been competing for and how did you get into rally?

“This was my 5th year in the sport. I've been a motorsport fan since I was a kid, particularly rallying, and decided to give it a go. It took a while to find the right car but eventually I picked up a 1996 GC8 Impreza Sti ready to go. It started out as a purely fun exercise but after some good results we decided a more competitive car was needed and stepped into my current 2005 Impreza STI Spec C.”

How to do you prepare for a Rally?

“Car preparation is the key; reliability comes down to time in the shed and a bit of luck. Training wise ideally you would test and get as much seat time as possible but I really can't afford to take the car out of the shed unless it's for a rally. Physical fitness doesn't hurt either.”

EnerMech EPS sees sporting excellence as a major indicator of dedication and drive, both of which are key for any job.

Thank you to Angryman photography for the action shot and another big congrats to Keith for his recent win. If you’d like to check out some in-car footage of Keith, you can check out his Youtube videos here -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lEiL11412E and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HexqG50-ws

Abblitt and Hodges Subaru WRX Rally Car