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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 puncture in the right hand front about four kays in so we dropped about a minute there. But it’s a great result for the team.” Bates’ claimed two stage wins but the Toyota Corolla S2000 came to a halt on the second pass of the Healthway loop. “We had a puncture in the second stage and another puncture a few stages later, so it was already looking like an average day,” he said. “We had the aim of winning all three stages in the afternoon, just a little goal to see if we could get the bonus point for stage wins, and we lost all power. “It’s disappointing, the guys did a great job preparing the car and it felt great all weekend. But it happens, that’s the way it goes. We will have a lot of work to do to catch up to the championship lead again come round three.” It was the fast and slippery Nannup roads that put an end to Evans’ event, despite having won the first two stages of the day. “On a fast uphill section that was really rocky, I felt like I’d jagged a rock on the front right,” Evans explained. “As we were going up this fast section I was trying to feel if we had a flat tyre. Everything felt good, so I pressed on to the top of the hill where there is a bit of a crest and a short left hander over the crest and a bit of a tricky corner. “The car didn’t turn in as much as I liked and we ran a bit wide, nudged a bank, which brought the front straight and we hit a concrete water tank of all things; it sent the car sideways through the air and it rolled three times.” Tony Sullens and co-driver Kaylie Newell finished the event in fifth position, taking a stage win along the way. John O’Dowd and co-driver Kenneth Sheil came in sixth, with Andrew and Kirra Penny in seventh. Trevor Stilling three wheels his Datsun Stanza. Both Evans and Bates were able to repair their cars enough to rejoin the event at the final control to bag valuable championship points. The CAMS ARC moves to Canberra WA's John O'Dowd. next, with the National Capital Rally, a round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, on May 26-28. Forest Rally - Heat 2 1. Taylor/Hayes, Subaru WRX STI, 1:06:41.3 2. Quinn/Searcy, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, 1:06:58.4, +00:17.1 3. Sullens/Newell, Subaru Impreza WRX STI, 1:07:29.1, +00:47.8 Vlad / Nicoli, Ford Fiesta. 12 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

VALE: TIMO MAKINEN VALE: TIMO MAKINEN Timo Makinen at the Amaroo Park stage on the 1976 Southern Cross Rally. (Photo: Bruce Keys) The original Flying Finn, Timo Makinen (no relation to Tommi), died in his native Finland after a long illness. He was 79 years old, and a legend in the formative days of international rallying during the 60s and 70s. He jumped into fame as one of the Scandinavians who won major events around the world, notably when the BMC team created widespread popularity by their wins at the Monte Carlo rally with their Mini Coopers. He helped develop innovative driving techniques, primarily for front-wheel drive cars, but later also for rear-drive cars. Timo was also a widely acknowledged tyre expert, helping Michelin evolve new rally tyre philosophies. His successes were not only in classic high speed European rallies (including three times winner of both the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland and the RAC Rally in Britain), but also endurance events in Africa, though unlike his teammate Rauno Aaltonen, he never won an international rally championship. Outside rallying he was an ice racing champion in Finland and won the inaugural Round Britain powerboat race. The majority of his rally successes came before the start of the World Rally Championship. During his rally career he drove for BMC, Volvo, Lancia, BMW, Ford, Peugeot, Fiat, Datsun, Mercedes and Toyota. His final WRC result was sixth place on the 1978 Lombard RAC Rally as a guest driver in the Rothmans Rally Team. - MARTIN HOLMES Monte Carlo Rally, Mini Cooper S. 1974 RAC Rally, Ford Escort Mk1 PHOTOS: Bruce Keys, Martin Holmes Timo Makinen (right) and Martin Holmes, 1978 RAC Rally. 1977 Southern Cross Rally, Datsun 710. MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 13

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