2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Other CAMS Events available for spectating or participating. Entry Level Rally, Come n Try days, etc...

Moderators: Catford, MGEC Committee

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:37 pm

www.rally.com.au wrote:Evans Lights Up The Night
Friday, 24 May 2013 22:29

Image

Winning the Power Stage wasn’t enough for Eli Evans, the Honda driver putting together back-to-back stage wins on tonight’s Gawler Super Special Stage to lead Scott Pedder by one solitary second.

Based north-east of Adelaide, tonight’s 1.14km stage ran around the Gawler Showgrounds and featured an equal mix of tarmac and gravel. With a sizable spectator turn out the ECB ARC’s leading drivers turned on the action, power sliding around the tight turns to the crowds delight.

Eli Evans pounced early, setting a benchmark time of 59.9 seconds for the remainder of the field to better. Despite the best efforts of his rivals Eli went unmatched, until Nicholas Box started determined to knock him off the top spot.

Box’s run went almost immediately awry when he confused one of the stages first corners with an access road, forcing him to jump on the brakes and perform an immediate hand brake turn to head back in the right direction. In his haste to make up the lost time he then spun at the stages tarmac hairpin, the result the slowest time for the stage some 15.9 seconds slower than Evans.

Mechanical problems continued for Nissan driver Will Orders, who missed this morning’s Power Stage with fuel feed concerns, when he was unable to make the start of the first stage. It’s unclear if Orders will make tomorrow’s stages, and if he does what time he will be given for missing tonight’s stages.

Similarly Brad Sanders has endured concerns with his Super 1600 Fiesta, having run on three cylinders during testing, he also suffered issues during this morning’s hit out in the Mt Crawford forests. The problems continued tonight, Sanders setting the slowest time on the second stage which saw him drop to 58.1 seconds off the lead.

In the National 4WD category Justin Dowel has put a $2,000 prize fund up this weekend for any fellow four-wheel drive contender who can knock him off, with Justin currently finding himself 5 seconds down in fourth behind leading local hot shot Declan Dwyer.

And in the Classics Super Special Stage specialist Neal Bates power slid his Toyota Celica into the lead, 4.3 seconds up on Classics point score leader Fro Horobin’s Datsun 180B.

Nine stages await drivers tomorrow, starting with the 9.40km Dewells at 8.34am.

Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:38 pm

www.rally.com.au wrote:Eli Closes In On Historic Victory
Saturday, 25 May 2013 21:36

Image

Honda’s Eli Evans is proving to be near unstoppable, and if his dominance of today’s Heat of Scouts Rally SA is anything to go by he will be hard to stop tomorrow. And if Eli can claim this weekend’s rally win he will in the process knock Possum Bourne out of the record books for the most consecutive Round victories.

Eli started the day with a single second lead over his nearest rival Scott Pedder, having taken both stage wins on last nights Gawler stage. And over the course of the day he only continued to increase the lead, taking six stage wins to Pedder’s two, the final margin 18.7 seconds.


“It’s been another perfect day for me,” said Eli. “I started in front and held that position throughout the day. When I needed to I was able to extend the lead and that gives me a lot of confidence.”

“I don’t know what sort of day the other drivers have had, maybe they’ve had problems, which means tomorrow they could well come out and give me a surprise.”

“The (Honda) Jazz has been faultless though, the team have worked so hard between events and it just keeps getting better and better,” Eli continued. “The only real issue we had today was that we cracked another windscreen, through a dip that I’d marked as a ‘jump maybe’, well it turned out to be a definite jump and it hit hard and cracked the screen.”

For second placed Scott Pedder finishing runner up again might be starting to become a cause for concern.

“We haven’t been able to get on top of Eli recently but it’s a case of a lot of different little things. It’s the third event for the car, third event for the team and the third event for me since my return, so we’ve been on the back foot so to finish second again is pretty good considering,” said Scott.

“Today it’s been lots of niggly problems all day. First we had an issue with the flat shift, so I’ve had to use the clutch between gears. Then we hit something and threw out the wheel alignment. And now the dash has stopped working, which means we have no shift lights, and in these cars you’re pretty reliant on knowing when to change so you’re not over-revving the engine.”

The Renault team was hurriedly changing the gearbox on both Pedder and teammate Tom Wilde’s car at tonight’s service, Pedder explaining why. “We ran a tall gear today for the fast stages, but it’s lacking pull, so we’re going back to the same set of gear ratios we ran at the first two Rounds.”

In a positive sign Brendan Reeves had a clean run through the day, having been blighted by technical dramas throughout the year, to finish third outright today.

“It’s been a really good day, the car felt great and we’re making really good steps forward all the time,” Reeves stated. “Although we had a clean day we still have some work to get onto the top step. Today I felt I was on the pace of Scott Pedder but Eli Evans is just that bit too fast for us right now.”

“Today we were good on tyres, so we have plenty left for tomorrow. I’m happy with the road conditions, we’re getting great grip and with no dust, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow because I think of got lots more to prove,” Brendan added.

Will Orders took full advantage of the hard packed roads to push his Nissan Silvia into fourth behind Reeves, despite spending the day feeding oil into his engine and mopping up excess oil from his engine bay.

“We probably put 5 or 6 litres of oil through the car today. I think we’ve lubricated every part of the engine bay, even things that didn’t need it!” Orders laughed.

Having suffered injector concerns during yesterday’s Power Stage qualifying, Orders was setback when he couldn’t source replacements in time to make last night’s two stages in Gawler.

“We found some replacement injectors at the eleventh hour, it was too late to make the stages last night, so we’ll be given a derived time. Then today, we’ve been spending so much time on the rev limiter what happens is the engine starts pumping oil out of the breather, so we’re having to get to the end of the stage and keep replacing the oil that’s come out.”

Two minutes off the pace in fifth Tom Wilde was left scratching his head trying to work out how to ensure he’s more competitive tomorrow. “I’m a bit puzzled,” he said.

“I think it’s all about confidence, I’m just not used to these fast roads, which are quite narrow and have big trees right next to the edge. It’s the only rally in the Championship which is like this, so I’m just not as comfortable as the other guys to really push. I don’t want to go out tomorrow, push harder and do something silly either,” Wilde added.

Mark Pedder had a quiet day in sixth, over a minute off fifth placed Wilde and more than forty seconds ahead of seventh placed Michael Boaden.

“I’ve made it to the end of a Heat, which considering my recent form is great!” Mark said. “I’m just not consistent, one stage I’ll set a good time but on the next my time will be totally horrible, that’s my problem. I’ve got to trust the car more and push harder.”

Seeing steady improvements in his stage times pleased Boaden as he slowly gets tuned into the Volkswagen Polo. “I haven’t had any real problems today, so it’s been a good day.”

“I’m playing around with the suspension, trying to find what’s best for me still. On one stage I’ll set it a bit softer, but then two stages later it’ll feel too soft. With the old car, my Evo, I knew it back to front, where as with this car I’m still trying to learn what works and what doesn’t,” continued Boaden.

On her return visit from Europe Molly Taylor had a strong day in her Fiesta R2, despite a late headache with a broken gearshift mounting, in the end she finished eighth.

“The gear selector turret came out of the floor, so my co-driver Seb had to hold it in place with the hand brake, which meant I had to reach around his arm to change gears, that was a bit of an adventure!” she said with a huge smile.

“So I’d say it’s been an interesting day, the last loop of stages the car worked really well. But above all I’m just happy to be back rallying in Australia, especially here in South Australia, it’s a rally I absolutely love!”

Steve Mackenzie and Adrian Coppin dueled all day, in the end the pair of Fiesta drivers were split by a miniscule 1.3 seconds. “It’s been a massive tussle all day, it’s been a great fight,” said Coppin despite losing out in the end.

Away from the leading combatants a mixed day for Jack Monkhouse, Nicholas Box and Brett Middleton.

Monkhouse managed to finish the day in twelfth, but was beset by a major coolant issue. “I could hear the fan belt was squealing pretty loudly and when we pulled up there was coolant pouring out of the car. We tried to put water in the car but it was coming back out just as fast. We towed it back, replaced the water pump, and got back out there to at least get some points.”

Not so much luck for Box, his problems a little more terminal. “We had a big jump and the car landed hard, to the point I’ve now got a pretty sore back. It took out the sump guard, and jammed the radiator, and all the fans back into the engine. We lost all the water, I kept driving thinking it’d help but pretty quickly I knew the engine was gone.”

On the very same stage a different situation but a similar outcome for Brett Middleton. “Exactly the same as WA, about 3km before the end of the stage the engine went. I didn’t see the temperature gauge or the warning lights, by the time I did the temp was 149 degrees. We pulled over for about a minute and a half to try to let it cool down, then it wouldn’t restart. Two blown engines in two Rounds!”

The final stage, SS11 Tower Road 2, was cancelled by event organisers following substantial timing delays during the day.

In the National 4WD category the ‘Dash for Justin Dowel’s Cash’ looks to be heading the way of Declan Dwyer, as long as the local driver can maintain his pace tomorrow. Dowel though isn’t giving up yet, second today, and promising a concerted effort during Heat 2 to hang on to his $2,000 prize pool.

While Neal Bates and his Celica RA40 dominated the ever-sideways Classic Championship, the Canberran driver often setting stages times faster than the outright 2WD contenders and their 4WD counterparts. Bates final margin nearly five minutes ahead of second placed Neville Whittenbury.

Tomorrow’s second Heat consists of seven stages including the monster 31.73km Tweeden, the demanding final stage of this year’s Scouts Rally SA.

Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:39 pm

www.rally.com.au wrote:Record-Breaking Win For Honda And Evans At Scouts Rally SA
Sunday, 26 May 2013 20:14
Honda and Evans Motorsport have cemented their place in Australian rally history, beating the great Possum Bourne for the most number of consecutive round wins at Scouts Rally S.A.

“It was one of the best drives I’ve done,” said driver Eli Evans. “It’s definitely a milestone for me.”

Evans and Weston have secured nine straight wins from nine starts in their Honda Jazz. Co-driver Glen Weston is equally proud. “We are very happy to have our names in the record books. It’s a pretty big achievement and it’s going to be a while before someone can better us. I’m pretty proud of that.”

Evans said the team’s strategy was similar to every rally. “Be consistent and as fast as we can. We try and put the pressure on our competitors from the early stages of the event. In the first stage we like to come out and be on the pace straight away and that’s what we were able to do here in South Australia.”

Evans and Weston led the entire weekend and proved the winning combination of man and machine. “One of the best things about this weekend is nine rally wins in a row. It puts Glen and I in the record books with Honda as one of the most successful teams in Australian rallying.

“I wear the Honda badge proudly and I hope we can continue making Honda proud and continue our run of wins,” Evans said.

The next round of the Eastcoast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship is the International Rally Queensland from July 12 to 14. It’s Weston’s home rally and one of the hardest on cars.

“It’s a very difficult rally,” Weston said. “It’s an endurance rally and the points are spread out over the whole weekend rather than split into heats. It’s really important that you finish without any problems.”

Evans and Weston are sitting 29 points ahead of second place. “We are getting close to being a whole day in front of the competition,” Evans said. “If we can have a day up our sleeves, it would set us up to finish the year off with a bang.”

Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:40 pm

www.rally.com.au wrote:Eli Re-Writes History Books At Scouts Rally SA
Sunday, 26 May 2013 20:16

Image

Nine wins from nine events, that’s Eli Evans record after this weekend’s Scouts Rally SA. His victory this weekend puts him ahead of rally legend Possum Bourne, and in the process into the history books, although Eli was quick to praise his hero and stress that he was just pleased to give Honda another triumph.

“It’s been another really incredible weekend for us, for Honda and for our entire team,” exclaimed Evans at the rally finish ramp. “We are at the mid-point in the season and to be ahead in the points is a great feeling.”

Asked how he felt to have re-written the record books Eli said: “That’s something I never thought anyone would achieve, let alone for me to achieve it.

Possum Bourne was a great competitor, but he won seven Championships consecutively. I’ve got one Championship under my belt, I’d be thrilled if I could ever equal that record!”

From the start of the day Evans established a strong lead over Scott Pedder, the two resuming their Heat One battle, with Eli up 6.6 seconds on the first stage and then extended it by a further 3.2 seconds on the second.

By the third stage of the day, the short 6.46km Cromer, Pedder hit back but was only able to claw back just half a second on Evans. Pedder would back that stage win up with another late in the day on the fifth stage, but Eli would claim the remainders and would end the Heat by 17.9 seconds.

“We had a few problems yesterday, but today has been better. Actually I’d say today has been ok, we’re just not fast enough to beat Eli at the moment,” Scott said.

“On the stages that were new I did well, on the rest, which the other guys had driven before, I just didn’t have the experience to really push to the absolute limit. We got to Queensland behind in the points but definitely within striking distance if Eli has even a single problem,” Pedder added.

Finally a trouble free weekend for Brendan Reeves allowed him and the rallyschool.com.au team a chance to show that their Mazda2 is well and truly competitive, finishing third today 34.1 seconds down.

“It’s been great, a trouble free rally at last! It’s been a huge team effort, I know third isn’t as good as first but I’m just glad to get to the finish. I came here this weekend wanting to move up the points in the Championship and we’ve been able to achieve that,” Brendan said.

Tom Wilde was puzzled to be so far adrift yesterday, and while he finished fourth today over a minute and a half down, he was happy to have increased his speed and consistency over the course of the weekend in his Renault Clio.

Mark Pedder was locked in a ding-dong battle with Michael Boaden throughout the day, Pedder able to edge ahead on the very last stage to claim fifth, the pair split by just 0.9 seconds.

“I had the lead going into the last but it slipped away,” Boaden lamented. “Can’t complain though, sixth is great and I never expected to be dicing it out with one of the Honda’s at this stage in the season.”

For Mark Pedder it was a relief to sneak past Boaden, as well as to get to the end of a rally weekend without drama. “I was happy to get through both days, and my times go better and better. I did have a massive moment on the Goldsfields stage, my fault, it was a bad pace note!”

A quartet of Ford’s rounded out the final placings, Molly Taylor leading home team mate Adrian Coppin while Steve Mackenzie netted ninth ahead of Tony Moore in tenth.

Both Jack Monkhouse and Will Orders began the day determined to make up for their respective head aches during yesterday’s opening Heat. By the end of the day they probably both wished they’d packed up early and headed home, both Nissan drivers sidelined with suspected blown engines.

Likewise Nicholas Box, who landed heavily yesterday and smashed his 370Z’s radiator, made overnight repairs and featured during the morning stages before he too pulled up with over heating concerns.

The Classic Spirit award went the way of Neville Whittenbury who fought bravely into second in his Datsun 180B, only to watch Neal Bates disappear into the distance to claim victory in the Classic category.

Bates though had concerns earlier in the day when he suffered an oil surge in his Celica’s diff. “It was on the tarmac section in Kanmantoo, the diff ran dry, it was so noisy at times I couldn’t even hear Coral’s pace notes!”

Back in the safety of service Bates’ crew changed the diff to their spare, which Bates later admitted was a ‘second hand of a second hand’. “So I took it extremely easy throughout the rest of the day!” he added.

Third place in the Classics Fro Horobin expects to maintain the points lead despite Bates’ victory, and Fro confirmed he would go to Queensland to try to keep his slender advantage.

“So many skids and slides this weekend, the car has been reliable though,” Fro said. “My plan is to go to Queensland in six weeks, you’ve got to be in it to win it!”

In the National 4WD category Warren Lee found himself on the top of the podium after Heat One pace setter Declan Dwyer rolled heavily this morning, before Justin Dowel ended his turn in the lead with a blown engine.

With Dowel having put a $2,000 prize up for any driver who could beat him, the former Australian Rally Champion stood by his offer and confirmed that he’ll help Lee with parts, which was Lee’s preferred prize.

“It was shame to see Declan out this morning, and then for us to hit problems too, we’d been having an incredible fight. Great to see Warren win though, he deserved it, but he didn’t think it was a fair fight because we went out and he didn’t want to win the prize that way,” Dowel said.

“He deserved the win, I put a prize up and he earnt it. We’ve helped him with some parts of the weekend, and he said that’s what he’d prefer so that’s a good deal for everyone,” Justin continued.

Lee, in his Mitsubishi Lancer, led home Michael Harding’s Subaru Impreza in second and Joshua Doyle’s Mitsubishi Lancer in third.

The East Coast Bullbars enters a mid-season break before the fourth Round, the International Rally of Queensland held over the 12th-14th July.

The Round also includes the third Round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, where fans will be able to see the ARC’s best against the APRC’s leading drivers including the front running Skoda’s of Gurav Gill and Esapekka Lappi.

Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:42 pm

www.rally.com.au wrote:Podium Joy For Reeves At Scouts Rally SA
Monday, 27 May 2013 13:28

Image

After finishing third in yesterday's Heat 1 of Scouts Rally SA, round 3 of the ECB Australian Rally Championship, Victorians Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth have completed a successful weekend with another third place today.

Today's Heat 2 covered seven stages and around 100 kilometres and Reeves brought his RallySchool.com.au Mazda2 home to finish in third place overall for the weekend after a faultless run.


"We had another fantastic clean run today and are so happy to finish the weekend on the podium," Reeves said.

"We made a couple of slight changes to the set-up for today's run and also tried out a different tyre tread to try and make up some time on Eli (Evans) and Scott (Pedder). It would have been great to beat either one of them but it wasn't to be, however we are certainly not disappointed with our result."

"The car ran brilliantly all weekend and the improvements that the team have made since the last event have made a real difference. I felt really comfortable in the car and our times were only a few seconds behind Eli all weekend so there are definitely lots of positives to take away from the weekend."

After finishing Heat 1 41.5 seconds adrift of heat winner Evans, Reeves today finished just 34.1 seconds behind the rally winner. Third place in both Heat 1 and Heat 2 gives Reeves third overall for the Scouts Rally SA and nets him 60 points towards his ECB Australian Rally Championship tally. This weekend's result also moves Reeves up to fourth in the Championship.

Reeves and Smyth won't have long to reflect on their result this weekend. They fly out early this week for the United States where they will contest the Susquehannock Trail Rally which starts on Friday (May 31).

The next round of the ECB Australian Rally Championship is the International Rally of Queensland to be held at Caloundra from July 12 to 14.

Provisional Results Heat 2, Scouts Rally SA

•1. Eli Evans/Glen Weston, Honda Jazz, 50:39.3
•2. Scott Pedder/Dale Moscatt, Renault Clio, +17.9
•3. Brendan Reeves/Rhianon Smyth, Mazda2, +34.1


*photo courtesy of Nigel Reynard

Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:43 pm

www.rally.com.au wrote:Hilary's Hotel Rally Team Secures 4th Outright In Heat One At Scouts Rally SA
Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:23

Image

Heat one has provided plenty of ups and downs for the Hilary's Hotel Rally Team with crew Will Orders and Toni Feaver finishing a credible 4th outright during today's competition.

The heat got off to a rocky start with the Nissan Silvia S13 suffering fuel injection problems. "We drove off to stage one Friday night and half way there the car started to misfire and break down, so we had to miss the first two stages due to the issue so that put us on the back foot before we even started" stated Will.



With the issue fixed thanks to the help of many, namely the Honda crew and Jack Monkhouse, the Nissan was ready to hit the forest Saturday morning. With 9 stages the day got off on the right foot with a second outright time on the days first stage.



Will and Toni pushed hard all day, with the Silvia performing faultlessly along the way they settled in to 4th outright for heat one.



"We're very happy to have finished today, considering the penalties from last nights result and to come away with 4th I'm really pleased" said Will.



The crew and the car are now ready for Sundays heat two, which starts in Mount Pleasant 7:30



Will, Toni and the crew would like to thank other sponsors: Freak Motorsport Fabrications, JJM Turbo World, Holinger Engineering, Penrite Oils, Pedders Suspension and Rallyschool.com.au

Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:52 pm

Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Mon May 27, 2013 11:59 pm

Congratulations to SARC podium competitors:

1. Krichauff/Krichauff STI
2. Brown/Dale VR4
3. Heenan/Kriesl VR4

Image
Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North

Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Tue May 28, 2013 12:45 am

Synergy Rallysport had a challenging first event for the year progressing to 3rd outright 4WD ARC!

The team have changed from restictive group N class to P5 unrestricted turbo for the SARC, however the Evo 7RS is still far from developed to the modification regulations.

Josh Doyle and Kate Lehmann were trading times with the pointy end of SARC in Heat 1 and Heat 2 before they were first on scene to a <nasty accident in Manfour stage>. Shaken but not stirred the crew returned to complete the final service and stages at 80% pace, however compiled with the derived times for stopping to assist, any chance of an SARC podium finish had faded.

Top effort!

Image

Image

Image

Image
Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North





Re: 2013 Rally of SA - 24th - 26th May

Postby Catford on Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:48 pm

www.rally.com.au wrote:Synergy Celebrates With First Podium At Home Event
Friday, 31 May 2013 15:45

Image

Team Release
The South Australian Synergy Rallysport Team makes a podium finish by scoring 3rd place overall in the ARC National 4WD Series round of the 2013 Scouts Rally SA.

Driver Josh Doyle and co-driver Kate Lehmann combined to achieve a career best performance. Josh and Kate are backed by a highly professional and dedicated service crew and this result is a sweet reward for all the hard work.

The official start of the ARC 4WD series was two quick passes around the Super Special Stage at the Gawler Sports and Community Centre. The Synergy team posted some great times sitting in 5th spot overnight behind a previous ARC champion, Justin Dowel.

After a positive start on Friday night the ultimate test was still to come out in the forest and council road stages. It was a frustrating start to the day as Josh had to adjust his driving style due to a gear box issue. With a car still not fully developed for the Unrestricted P5 Class the team was able to find some speed later in the day; the SS8 Tower Road 1 stage was the stand out for the pair allowing them to grab the 4th fastest time. “We really enjoyed Tower Road it was by far our favourite forest stage and we enjoyed every moment of it.’’ Josh said. It was a positive end to the day in Dewells 2; the team finished Heat 1 with a respectable 6th outright for their first ever attack in a national round.

Josh and Kate, in their second year of competition, have been working countless hours on their pace notes to gain more consistency. ‘The development of our notes has been a high priority and has come a long way, we both feel we have found a system that’s works and with more experience we hope it will only get better.’ Kate explained.

In Heat 2, beginning on Sunday, the crew started out in promising fashion easing themselves into the first council road stage. The second stage of the day proved to be the toughest of the event; the crew were the first car on the scene of a major incident. The crew did their best to lend assistance whilst waiting for help to arrive. With safety being the team's biggest focus, a crew action plan was in place for arriving at such an accident. The activation of rallysafe, clear communication with the next crew on scene regarding the need for urgent FIV and fire back up, Kate's quick first aid response and utilisation of her nursing skills and knowledge and Josh's proactive actions of putting out a small engine fire assisted the fellow competitors. Once under control the team was instructed to head to Service Park.

Shaken but not stirred both Josh and Kate decided they wanted to finish the rally and get to the end. "Our goal was always to finish the rally and we wanted to do it for our team, supporters and ourselves. Sometimes when things knock you down, you need to get back on it, remind yourself why the love for the sport is still there and just focus on the road in front of you." Kate explained. "The decision to continue was an important one in so many ways" Josh said. "The response from the service crew was overwhelmingly supportive, and so once again we were back in the rally"
Derived times were allocated to the crews missed stages and the team finished off the 16km Goldfields stage and gruelling 31km Tweeden stage to complete the Heat and event. It was a day of surprises and mixed emotions but through it all the Synergy Rallysport team was able to finish 3rd outright for the Heat, and gain third spot overall giving them their very first podium in a national series event.

The Synergy Rallysport Team would like to thank its supporters AutObarn Mile End, Action Line Marking (SA), SA Motorsport Tyres, Check it Out Graphics, Jamestown Engineering and Manufacturing, Team Catford, Synergy Squad Members and thanks Youth Opportunities for allowing us to represent them at the event.

Keep in touch with the team at synergyrallysport.com and like them on facebook.
Catford
Committee Member
Committee Member
 
Posts: 12652
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:30 am
Location: Upper North


Previous

Return to Other Hillclimb's/Track Event's/Rally Championships

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron