Ashley Westwood was at the QUIT Forest Rally in Western Australia as part of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship (ARC) and sent us through some extraordiary pictures. We also take a closer look at what happened at the rally. The rally results can be found here.
Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino (Mazda 2) have won the Quit Forest Rally, the second round of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship which was held in the towns of Busselton and Nannup, Western Australia this weekend.
After finishing second to Scott Pedder and Dale Moscatt (Renault Clio R3) in Heat One of the event, Reeves/Gelsomino took the lead in Heat Two following mechanical dramas, which caused Pedder to miss a stage (SS16) late in the day on Sunday.
Citreon teammates Tony Sullens/Julia Barkley (Citroen DS3 R3T) and Adrian Coppin/Tim Batten (Citroen DS3 R3T) were locked in a tight battle across the weekend. After the two Heats they were locked on equal points but it was Coppin/Batten (Citroen DS3 R3T) who finished third outright due to an overall faster time for the event with Sullens/Barkley in fourth.
“To get nearly maximum points and to come out on top is a great feeling and we’ve extended our lead in the Championship again which is really great as well. The next round is in Queensland in two months, so that’s a good break. This event has been pretty rough on the car as well so it will get quite a big overhaul, both the engine and gearbox will be out and checked and we’ll try and work on some set up things as well that we learnt from this weekend and just keep pushing the pace.”
To win 17 out of 19 stages over the weekend and to not be on the top step of the podium is a bit disheartening but the Championship is far from over. It’s good to bag some points, these are the sort of things that hopefully by the end of the year you look back on and say ‘it’s good we just kept on going’ and obviously it’s bad luck but hopefully the luck turns for us next event.”
“It was all a bit confusing at the end of the day with Scotty (Pedder) coming back into the event, but it’s a great event for Citroen to get another podium and Tony (Sullens) finished strongly today as well beating us in the Heat, so it’s a good step forward for the team.”
Steve Roe and Steve Glenney finished fifth in their Ford Focus
Sean Keating and Calab Ash managed to get their aging Nissan Siliva home 6th overall
Doug Tostevin and Tammy Adams took second in the 4WD class
Most of the drivers complained of lack of grip – a usual complaint on the ball bearing type gravel of Western Australia
John O’Dowd and Ben Searcy took third in the 4WD class
Dylan King and Lee Tierney won the 4WD class, taking both heats
It was a Subaru fest in the 4WD class taking 4 out of the top 5 places with a lone Evo 9 in fourth.
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