2006 Forest Classic Rally
- 6th June 2006, 2:24pm
Revelling in the conditions over two days of action that included 700 kilometres of competitive driving, the event resulted in a tie for first place in the hotly-contested Challenge Class. The Melbourne crew of husband and wife team, David and Kim Burn, clean sheeted both days in their Fiat X1-9, tieing for first place with Rob Worboys and Jeff West (TC Cortina).
Ken Harper and Graeme Vaux in a Ford Mustang. CRC president Lui MacLennan and Darren Taylor brought their Mini Cooper S into fourth place.
Ross and Kim Warner (E Type Jaguar) and Sue and Terry Godde (Datsun 260Z) shared the well-supported Tour category outright placing by clean-sheeting both days, and were closely followed home by Stephen and Rhonda Smith (Alfa Romeo Montreal) in third placing and Bernard and Madelon Corbett who were having their first run together, in fourth.
The Apprentice category went to the Canberra crew of Jonathon Hawkins and Andrew Towndrow. They brought their Mazda MX5 to the finish with a loss of just 23 points, four ahead of Jacqui Collihole and Greg Hannah in a Porsche Boxster Convertible, and Dominic and Kim Votano (Mitsubishi Evo) who were equal third with Tony South and Laurie Mason in an Escort.
This year’s event used roads around the Hume Dam and the Upper Murray region on Saturday, roads classed as being some of the best in the state, while Sunday’s route went through more picturesque country around Whitfied, Mansfield and Glenrowan. Crews were ecstatic over the quality of the roads, rating them amongst the best they had driven on.
Unlucky crews to experience mechanical problems that forced them to withdraw were Dianne and Wayne Gerlach (Porsche 911), Richard Banks and Chrissie Jeffery (BMW 2002), and Arthur Howie/ David Alexander (MGB). This year’s Forest Classic Rally, the seventh running as a tarmac Touring Road Event and directed by RallySport Magazine’s Jeff Whitten, was voted an outstanding success which is sure to attract an even bigger field next year.
=1. David Burn/Kim Burn Fiat X1-9 0 points
=1 Rob Worboys/Jeff West Ford Cortina 0
3. Ken Harper/Graeme Vaux Ford Mustang 1
4. Darren Taylor/Lui MacLennan Mini Cooper S 5
5. Gavin Strongman/Phil Nicholas Datsun 260Z 13
1. Johnathon Hawkins/Andrew Towndrow Mazda MX5 23 points
2. Jacqui Collihole/Greg Hannah Porsche Boxster 27
=3. Dominic Votano/Kim Votano Lancer Evolution 30
=3. Tony South/Laurie Mason Ford Escort 30
5. Ian Packard/Phil McFarlane Renault 10 48
=1 Sue Godde/Terry Godde Datsun 260Z 0 points
=1 Ross Warner/Kim Warner E Type Jaguar 0
3. Stephen Smith/Rhonda Smith Alfa Romeo Montreal 31
4. Bernard Corbett/Madelon Corbett Lancer Evolution 40
5. Eric Young/Jenny Young Fiat 124 42
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