Barrett rolls across line in dramatic rally finish
- 2nd July 2012, 3:35pm
Barrett and navigator, David Weldon, were competing in the Wharf Hotel Hellyer Rally in their classic Plymouth Fire Arrow when the incident occurred near the final stage at Rocky Cape.
According to a report in The Advocate newspaper, while outright victory went to Launceston's Marcus Walkem and Damien Grimwood in a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, their win was overshadowed by Barrett's amazing performance and unorthodox finish.
Barrett claimed three stage wins over the eight-stage 160km event in his two-wheel-drive car, only to finish 11 seconds off the lead, but 14 minutes ahead of any other two-wheel- drive car.
However, it almost ended in disaster when he and Weldon left the road and rolled multiple times at the finish line of the last stage.
The car landed at the finish control point upside down, but not before setting an equal quickest stage time with Walkem.
Quick actions by other crews and officials saw the car pulled back onto its wheels, and able to make the slow journey back to Wynyard to be classified as a finisher.
Hobart's Sam Kirkland, with Devonport's Matt Best navigating in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3, rounded out the podium.
The event also incorporated round three of the North West Mowers Coastal Rally, with Barrett taking the win.
Keith Ablitt and Adrian Hodgetts, in their third event together, finished second in a Subaru Impreza WRX.
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