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Barker in control at sopping Alpine Rally

Ben Barker, 2017 Alpine Rally. RallySport Magazine | Australia's Best Rally Magazine
Ben Barker is in control in the 2017 Alpine Rally. Photo: Craig O'Brien

Ben Barker and Damian Long continue to dominate a rain soaked Alpine Rally after two days, holding down a one minute and 18 second lead.

Driving a BMW 320i, the New South Welshman have won all but one of the stages to hold a handy advantage over the Datsun Stanza of Simon Evans and Ben Searcy.

Rain lashed East Gippsland on day two, forcing the cancellation of two stages, but the hardy crews battled on in one of the most challenging Alpines for many years.

Luke Sytema and Adam Wright lie third in a Ford Escort RS1800, but the day has seen the demise of some of the pre-event favourites, including reigning champions Jack Monkhouse and Dale Moscatt in their Datsun 180B.

Kiwis Deane Buist and Derek Ayson both struck problems in their Escorts, with Buist as high as fourth before his problems.

Ryan Smart suffered mechanical woes in his Datsun Stanza, and Grant Walker fell by the wayside in his Escort.

The exciting Plymouth Fire Arrow of Kade Barrett is in fourth place, nearly three minutes clear of Alan Friend’s Nissan Silvia in fifth.

Australian Champion, Nathan Quinn, is currently 13th in a Mazda RX2.

There are five stages scheduled for the third and final day, weather dependant.

See current results from the 2017 Alpine Rally HERE.

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.


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