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The Rex Broadbent show rolled on today at Classic Adelaide with the four-time winner extending his lead over the field on day two of competition stages in the tarmac event.

“It was a good day, we extended our lead a little and that’s all we can do, stay out of trouble and keep putting in fast times,” said Michael Goedheer, co-driver with Rex Broadbent.

Just behind Broadbent and Goedheer the battle for second really heated up with Bill Pye from New South Wales placing a ton of pressure on seven times Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards. At the end of the day’s stages Pye had edged Richards out of second place by only one tenth of a second.

“We are ecstatic with that result, we compared times with Barry (Oliver) at the end of the day and knew it would be close, but one tenth of second is amazing,” said Grant Geelan, co-driver with Bill Pye.

“ Its great to keep the results close, it makes for really exciting driving and coming into the weekend I am sure the crowds will appreciate us pushing the limits,” added Grant Geelan.   

Richards and Pye are now twenty-eight seconds behind leader Rex Broadbent, but with two competitive days left the final results are far from decided and Richards and Oliver are confident they can grab back the seconds lost to Broadbent in the first two days.

“I don’t think its impossible, people can have bad stages and make mistakes, one small mistake can ruin two days of work,” said Barry Oliver.

“What people forget is that even though we have just finished two days of competition, the rally hasn’t even hit the half way mark in terms of kilometers covered,” added Barry Oliver.  

Eight of the top ten cars at the end of day two are Porsches with only a Triumph TR7 V8 and a Holden Commodore HDT breaking the German car’s stranglehold on the rally.

Roger Patterson is currently fourth in his Porsche 911 RS ahead of the husband and wife team of Mark and Rosina Laucke in a Porsche Carrera while Ian Wilson has his Triumph V8 in sixth.

Tomorrow will see the rally into the Adelaide Hills with competitors tackling the roads around Birdwood and Basket Range before heading into Macclesfield for lunch.

Photos by Kristian McMahon


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