Bell blitzes field in Nissan Nightmoves Rally
- 21st June 2009, 7:25pm
Andrew Bell and Ari Paterson have blitzed the field to win the Nissan Nightmoves Rally, round two of the Victorian Club Rally series.
Driving a Datsun Bluebird, Bell, the son of former ARC front-runner Hugh Bell, won the 200km event by over six minutes.
Starting as car one in the 53 car field, Bell was never headed and looks to be a driver of the future.
Second place went to the veteran pairing of Brian Semmens and Dan Parry in a Nissan 200SX, while Paul Mahony and Luke Read took third place in their Mitsubishi Starion.
Simon and Ian Ellis were the first four-wheel drive car home, taking their Subaru Legacy RS Turbo to fourth place, half a minute clear of Peter Whitten and Ged Blum (who competed together for the first time) in a Ford Escort.
The event was based in the central Victorian township of Rushworth, and was organized by Peter Whitely and the Nissan Car Club.
Only 34 of the original starters finished the event, which was held in damp conditions in the Whroo Forest.
Nissan Nightmoves Rally â€“ Final Results
1 Andrew Bell/Ari Paterson Datsun Bluebird, +9m39s â€¨
2 Brian Semmens/Dan Parry, Nissan 200SX RV S12, 15:54 â€¨
3 Paul Mahony/Luke Read, Mitsubishi Starion, 17:54 â€¨
4 Simon Ellis/Ian Ellis, Subaru Legacy RS, 18:45 â€¨
5 Peter Whitten/Gerard Blum, Ford Escort RS2000, 19:20 â€¨
6 Simon Boyer/Simon Thompson, Datsun 1600, 22:07 â€¨
7 Daryl King/Chris Barrett, Toyota Corolla, 24:04:00 â€¨
8 Alan Upton/Mark Laidlay, Nissan Skyline, 24:16:00 â€¨
9 Rowan Woollard/Chris Bolton, Datsun 1600, 24:57:00 â€¨
10 Stephen Wilson/Chris Petrie, Datsun Stanza, 25:16:00
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