A Classic field of cars and drivers at Border Ranges
- 4th August 2016, 1:58am
The Zupp Property Group Classic Rally Challenge, part of the Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally on the August 27, is shaping up as a real battle of Classics, in both car and driver.
Here is a quick rundown of the favourites in each make.
Opel Manta – Jack Monkhouse
The Opel Manta was one of Europe’s most successful rally cars in the early 1980s. Normally powered by a 2.4L 4 cylinder engine, the car to be run by Jack Monkhouse was built in England, but with a 3.5L Rover V8 engine fed by sidedraft Weber carburettors.
Steering will be one of Australia’s most exciting rally drivers. Jack is currently lead driver for Team Isuzu D-Max, but it is his rally career for which he is best known. Winner of the 2015 Alpine Rally in a Datsun 180B, Jack and the Manta have excitement written all over them.
Ford Escort – Derek Ayson
The world’s favourite classic rally car, the Group 4 Escort needs no introduction. The driver, Derek Ayson, hails from Gore in the southern region of New Zealand’s South Island. Derek is a past competitor at the Border Ranges Rally and he lists that experience as a career highlight. Not bad for a driver who is a three-time winner of the famous Otago Classic Rally, also in an Escort.
Audi Quattro – Mal Keough
Another world favourite, the Group B Audi Quattro S1 is one of the most exciting rally cars of all time. The car, a replica of the fire breathing star of the 1980s, is the pride of New South Wales’ Mal Keough. This crowd-pleasing combination currently is a regular in the Australian Classic Rally Challenge.
Mazda RX-7 – Matt Love
Not as well known in Group B rallying as others, the rotary rocket is a screaming contender. A favourite car and driver of the New South Wales rally scene, Matt will be co-driven by his son Josh.
Toyota Celica RA40 – Clay Badenoch
Best known in Australia as the car driven by Neal Bates, this identical sister car is the real deal. Clay has been competing in national and state rallies in the Classic category, and together have caused more than the odd upset.
Entries are still open and further information and updates for the Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally can be found at http://www.borderrangesrally.com.au, or go to the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BorderRangesRally/
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