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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: SOUTHERN RALLY - SARC 1 BOWERING WINS SOUTHERN RALLY Bowering set three fastest times on his way to the win. Neil Gehan's Subaru running hot! Story & Photos: JOHN LEMM Fulfilling the potential that they showed last season, Mt. Gambier’s Aaron Bowering and Nathan Lowe have taken their first rally win in the opening round of the MRF Tyres South Australian Rally Championship on May 7. Setting three fastest times, the WRX crew finished the RAA Southern Rally 45 seconds ahead of Gary Brown and Mike Dale’s Ralliart Mitsubishi VR4, in turn two seconds ahead of Ben Calder and Steve Glenney’s Subaru WRX. It was tarmac specialist Calder’s first gravel rally. The rally was held in the Second Valley forest and shire roads through the nearby Balquhidder cattle property on the state’s south coast. Unfortunately, it’s likely that this was the last time that the area will be used for such an event, due to financial cutbacks to ForestrySA. Whilst Zayne Admiraal and Matthew Heywood’s Subaru WRX blew its engine, Brown led on the opening Jones stage before breaking a rear brake calliper bracket on the following Bedlam Flat, temporary repairs meaning that they only had front brakes for the remainder of the event. Father and daughter team, Neil and Andrea Gehan, went through most of the stage with an engine bay fire in their WRX STi, caused by a newly-fitted undertray sitting a little close to the extractors. Unaware, they pressed on, setting fastest time, just one second ahead of Matt Selley and Hamish McKendrick’s Escort BDA. Craig Haysman and Julie Boorman’s Triumph TR7 V8 (not the one they run on tarmac) clipped a stump with the rear wheel and gently rolled. The next stage, Springs, at 22km was the event’s longest, and saw Selley fastest, putting him into the lead, before the throttle cable broke on the following Jones 2. Missing the following two stages, they came back to eventually be classified 12 th . Despite their brake problems, Brown was quickest on Matt Selley was fastest on three stages in his Ford Escort. Kerr finished first Classic, and eighth outright. 24 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

Right (top to bottom): Stephen Mee ’s P3-winning Corolla; Gary Brown was second with only front brakes; Ben Calder was surprised with his third; and Simon Wenzel and Brett Mason-Fyfe were Clubman winners. Jones 2, with Bowering fastest on the next two. A returning Selley was flying, easily fastest on the first of the flowing Balquhidder stages, Two Tunks, before Wayne Mason and Dave Langfield’s Escort BDG, now leading 2WD, scored best on Hayfield West. Unfortunately, they were out on the following 17km Balquhidder Back, where Selley was again on top. Springs Reverse was the 10 th and final stage, Bowering coming out on top by just one second over Brown. Aaron Lowe and Matt Monto’s powerful Commodore coasted to a stop at the spectator hairpin with driveline failure. Despite their early problems, the Gehans came through to finish fourth, two minutes and four seconds down on Calder. One minute and seven seconds in arrears was the Subaru WRX of Paul Knopka and Neil Brannum. It was Knopka’s first rally, having run in hillclimbs and rallysprints for a few years. 37 seconds down in sixth was Marc Butler and Peter Sims’ Honda Civic, first 2WD. Phillip Kerr and Jenny Cole’s Datsun 1600 wound up first Classic, in eighth outright. Simon Wenzel and Brett Mason-Fyfe’s Nissan Bluebird was first Clubman, with Michael Nixon and James McGough picking up the Atlantic Oils Spirit of the Rally Award. Next round of the MRF S.A. Rally Championship is the Lightforce Rally of the Heartland in the Burra area in the state’s midnorth, on June 3-4. MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 25

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