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RallySport Magazine May 2017

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The May 2017 issue of RallySport Magazine features: News / Regulars: * National Capital Rally preview * Vale: Timo Makinen * Five minutes with - Ross Tapper * Martin Holmes column * Photo of the month Feature stories: * Molly Taylor column * Head and neck safety * Subaru’s RS Challenge - a look back * Audi Magic - Dylan Turner’s Quattro S1 AP4 * A Kiwi in Argentina * A WRC hijacking in Sanremo Event reports: * WA Forest Rally - ARC 2 * Rally of Whangarei - NZRC 2 * Southern Rally - SARC 1 * Rally of Argentina - WRC 5 * Rally of Portugal - WRC 6 * Mitta Mountain Rally


REPORT: FOREST RALLY - ARC 2 Nathan Quinn leads the ARC after a pair of consistent drives in the first two rounds. Subaru do Motorsport’s Molly Taylor claimed heat one honours after a seesawing battle with Toyota driver Harry Bates. The pair swapped the lead no less than five times throughout the day, with Taylor finishing just 3.1 seconds ahead of Bates. “After the problems we had at Ballarat we wanted to be in the top three, that was our goal, but to be in this close battle, it forces you to drive as hard as you can and it was great to have that opportunity to have to push and fight for something—it makes it more rewarding,” Taylor said. Bates wasn’t surprised by Taylor’s pace and always knew it would be a tough fight. “I expected Molly to be quick and I always thought it would be a tough fight, whoever I was in the fight with, but I didn’t expect it to be quite that close,” Bates said. “It was a really good day, I love a good fight; that’s how it was in the last round for me and that’s how it was again here - it was just against a good friend so it was lots of fun. “We were fully prepared for the challenge of being car one on the road, and it was challenging, but we were really happy with our pace despite that. At the end of the day we went out on a swept road this afternoon and got beaten fair and square. Molly drove amazingly and she deserves it.” Coffs Coast Rally Team’s Nathan Quinn overcame power issues to finish the day in third place. “We finished up with a good result and I drove well, but unfortunately the times didn’t speak for it; we had some more power dramas with the car, but as I suspected Molly and Eli were quick, along with Harry, and unfortunately we weren’t able to be in that mix. “We’ve been working on the power issue since Ballarat to figure it out. We are not 100 per cent sure, but perhaps the good second hand parts I buy for the car are not quite good enough,” he quipped. Eli Evans overcame issues with the map sensor on the Peugeot 208 Maxi to come home in fifth, quickest in four of the last six stages of the day. “We just ran out of kilometres today,” Evans explained. “It was unfortunate we had the wire fall off the map sensor so early into the longest stage of the event; we had to do 16 or 17 kilometres with no power and losing a minute and a half is always hard to gain back.” Brad Markovic had a steady day to finish in fifth place, followed by fellow West Australians Dylan King and John O’Dowd in sixth and seventh respectively. Andrew Penny was eighth in heat one, with Tony Sullens, who was forced to replace the head gasket on his Subaru Impreza WRX STi overnight, in ninth. Marcus Walkem’s Forest Rally debut was cut short when his Mitsubishi Eli Evans rolled his Peugeot 208 (above), while Tony Sullens was quick in his Subaru WRX. 10 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

Lancer Evo IX rolled on stage seven. Codriver Scott Walkem walked away from the incident, while Marcus was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons. Forest Rally - Heat 1 1. Taylor/Hayes, Subaru WRX STI, 1:02:55.3 2. Bates/McCarthy, Toyota Corolla S2000, 1:02:58.4, +00:03.1 3. Quinn/Searcy, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, 1:03:46.5, +00:51.2 HEAT 2 Backing up from a stellar Heat 1 drive, Molly Taylor and co-driver Bill Hayes claimed the round win with a clean sweep of both heats. Taylor was challenged early in the second heat by Eli Evans until he rolled his Peugeot 208 Maxi on special stage 14. Harry Bates then took up the challenge until he and co-driver John McCarthy suffered mechanical issues on stage 17. “Les Walkden Rallying prepared the car perfectly for this weekend and both Bill and I feel we found a new level, so of course we’re delighted by this result,” Taylor said. “We’ve combined car reliability with our own ability to achieve the perfect result. It’s been a fantastic competition with Harry, Eli and Nathan, and to come out on top after such a close fight feels great. “This gives us renewed confidence going into round three in Canberra, so look out for some incredible action there!” Quinn’s drive into second place now sees him lead the CAMS Australian Rally Championship after two rounds. He is six points ahead of Taylor and a further 12 points ahead of Bates in the championship standings. It was a steady drive from Quinn and co-driver Ben Searcy that saw them overcome varied mechanical issues to move into second position late in the day, winning the last two stages of the rally. “It was a pretty bad weekend to be brutally honest, but the result worked out really well for us. We definitely weren’t fast enough this weekend.” West Australia’s Brad Markovic and co-driver Toni Feaver produced a strong drive to finish third outright on homesoil. “We were pretty happy with our pace yesterday and had no real issues, which was great. We struggled a little with a gearbox issue yesterday and dropped a little bit of time,” Markovic said. “Heat 2 started fine, we went to our favourite stage, Healthway Loop, got a Harry Bates battled hard with Molly Taylor in Heat 1. A pensive Eli Evans. Brad Markovic / Toni Feaver MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 11

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