Stage conditions were almost perfect for the third round of the Western Australian Rally Championship and Clubman Cup, but unfortunately this did not translate into a smooth drive for many of the Quit Experts Cup frontrunners.
In the 4WD category, Brad Markovic and co-driver Glenn MacNeall were out early on with two tyre punctures. The team had everything going right, until the second stage when their Subaru WRX developed a slow leak in the front right tyre, causing them to leave the road and obtain a second flat.
Nic Box and co-driver Caleb Ash also started the event off well, leading many of the stages until the team was issued with a penalty for a missed regroup control, which left them in 13th place overall.
It was then the team of John Macara and co-driver Roger McNaughton who were looking like they had the round tied up in their favour, with almost a three minute lead over Garry Whittle and Stephen Vass, until their Mitsubishi Evo left the road on the last stage and they were unable to finish.
In the end, it was the consistent driving from the Whittle / Vass combination in their Subaru WRX that won the round, with John O’Dowd and co-driver Ben Searcy in second.
“Roads were good, car was good, everything just went well,” said O’Dowd. Read more...