Queenslanders Glenn Brinkman and Harvey Smith have taken out the 2018 Border Ranges Rally, driving their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 to an impressive 62 second victory. A round of several series', including the Queensland and NSW Rally Championships, and the East Coast Classic Rally Series, the event was held over two days on shire roads close to Kyogle in NSW. Second place went to leading NSW crew Tom Clarke and Ryan Preston in another Lancer Evo 9, with third place going to the sweet-sounding Ford Escort RS1800 of Tom Dermody and Eoin Moynihan. Another Escort RS1800 took fourth place, with popular New Zealanders Derek Ayson and Dave Neill finishing just eight seconds behind Dermody.

The exuberant Tom Dermody thrilled the crowds in his Escort. Photo: Alan McIntosh Sports Photography

This was Ayson's second drive in the Border Ranges Rally, and again he drove Ed Mulligan's Escort - with a somewhat nervous Mulligan calling the action via a microphone at spectator points. JJ Hatton and Nathan Long took fifth place in their Lancer Evo 8. There were a number of high-profile retirements, including Mal Keough and his Audi Quattro S1 replica, which hit a kangaroo and blew an engine, and circuit racer and sometime rally driver, Tony Quinn in his BMW M3. Multiple Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Coral Taylor entered the rally in their classic Toyota Celica, winning the Modified 2WD class A further report on the Border Ranges Rally will follow. For full Border Ranges Rally results click HERE. See more of Alan McIntosh's photos from the rally HERE.
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