Celebrating 50 years, the Carrington’s Safari Rally has stood the test of time, and forms the final test for 4WD Western Australian Rally Championship (WARC) competitors. WARC front-runners are not expecting an easy cruise to the finish line this weekend with the 131-kilometre, eight-stage event providing its share of championship upsets in the past.
Garry Whittle and Stephen Vass in the Rezolt Subaru WRX are in a good position going into the event with 23 points separating themselves and the second placed team of Robert Webber and Toni Feaver in the Platinum Automotive Mitsubishi Evo 9. However, Whittle says despite the margin he is still feeling a little apprehensive.
Mark Travers continues to dominate the 2WD Championship, despite missing the Expert’s round of the event. Travers and co-driver Lee Tierney in the LRT Custom Engineering Toyota AE86 are ahead of Andy Van Kann and Madelin Kirkhouse in the Platinum Automotive Toyota TE26 by 14 points.
It has been a cat and rat chase for the majority of the season between Jason and Paul Lowther in the LRT Custom Engineering Toyota Corolla, and the Rally Rat’s Carl and Tracey Rattenbury in the Ford Escort. Despite not having the smoothest of seasons, the Lowthers are now a reasonably comfortable 32 points ahead of last year’s champions.
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