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Glen Brinkman and Harvey Smith have continued their hot form, winning a dry, dusty and rocky Bathurst Rally, the fifth round of the MTA NSW Rally Championship. Driving their Lancer Evo 9, the pair finished just 21 seconds in front of the similar car of JJ Hatton and Nathan Long. Third place went to Tim Wilkins and Jim Gleeson in yet another Lancer, this one an Evo 7. Brinkman's victory came despite missing third gear for much of the rally, but he showed he class with another measured drive.

JJ Hatton was second in his Lancer Evo 9. Photo: Mark Turon / Gravel Pics

In fact Lancers took the first six places, with the first two-wheel drive car the Ford Escort RS1800 of Michael O'Hagen and Michael Benson. Driveline failure brought an early retirement for pre-event hopefuls Tom Clarke and Ryan Preston at the start of stage two, denting their championship aspirations. The final round of the NSW Rally Championship is the Monaro Stages on October 20. Full results from the Bathurst Rally, and more fantastic videos from John McCredie, can be found on the Rally NSW Facebook page.  

First 2WD home was the Escort of Michael O'Hagen. Photo: Mark Turon / Gravel Pics

While the ARC was in South Australian, 2017 champ Nathan Quinn was playing in Bathurst. Photo: Mark Turon / Gravel Pics

Tim Wilkins kept his championship hopes alive after another fast drive. Photo: Mark Turon / Gravel Pics

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