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Round One of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship (ARC), the National Rally of Canberra, resulted in one of the closest finishes in the past two seasons and a new event champion standing on top of the podium.  Now all eyes turn to Western Australia for the Quit Forest Rally next month.

It was a perfect start for the brother-sister combination of Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino (Mazda2), who took victory in both Heat 1 and Heat 2 of the National Rally of Canberra, finishing just ahead of Adrian Coppin/Tim Batten in Citroen’s ARC debut and Scott Pedder/Dale Moscatt (Renault Clio).

Brendan Reeves in action in last year's Forest Rally.While Reeves/Gelsomino will be looking to extend their lead when the ARC heads West, reigning ARC Champions, Eli Evans/Glen Weston (Volswagen Polo) will be looking to get their title hopes back on track after they failed to finish the National Rally of Canberra following a broken driveshaft.

“We’ve just seen a great start to the season in Canberra, one of the more competitive since the category changes were introduced into the Championship, and if the results there are anything to go by there are a host of drivers who will be a strong chance to take honours at the Quit Forest Rally,” Event Director Ross Tapper said.

Held in the picturesque towns of Busselton and Nannup in the states South-East, the Quit Forest Rally is known for its red ball-bearing surface which tests even the most seasoned campaigner and always leads to tight competition.

“Alongside the ARC competitors who will compete in Renaults, Hondas, Citroens Peugeots, Volkswagens, Fords and Mazdas, spectators will see crews from the West Australian Rally Championship, Clubman series, some unforgettable classics as well as the Side-by-Side and Moto contestants all battling for victory along some of the best roads in the country,” he continued.  

The 216-kilometre Quit Forest Rally – which has 19 stages and includes 10km on bitumen will be held from April 4 to 6.

The Quit Forest Rally is celebrating its 30th Birthday in 2014. The event is the second round of the ECB Australian Rally Championship, the first round of the West Australian Rally Championship and for the fourth year will also include competition for Side-by-Side, Motorbike and Quad entrants.

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