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Scott McCloy and Ron McMahon look to have taken a comprehensive victory in the shortened Bulahdelah Rally in NSW yesterday. McCloy's Subaru took the lead from former Australian Rally Champion, Nathan Quinn, on stage two, before sealing the victory by almost two minutes. Quinn, who drove the same Mitsubishi which suffered mechanical failure at the Rally of the Bay, crashed on the sixth stage, which caused the rally to be shortened. His co-driver, Ray Winwood-Smith, suffered injuries that required the FIV to attend.

Nathan Quinn and Ray Winwood-Smith in action. Photo: Gravel Pics

Winwood-Smith suffered a broken sternum and L2 vertebrae and gave an update on his condition on social media. "I very much appreciate the process and professionalism that Michael and the AMSAG team showed on the night supporting Nathan and myself. Thank you to the messages of support from everyone," he said. "I’m in John Hunter Hospital at the moment with a broken sternum and a broken L2 vertebrae. "Once I recover over the next few months I should be back to normal. Nathan is fine just a bit sore," he added. After the crash on SS6, the following stage was also cancelled. "Stage conditions had deteriorated (in SS6 & SS7) with several crews having issues leaving the road at various points in the first half of the stage," AMSAG President, Michael Bannon said. "Given the fact that the stages had obviously become difficult to traverse safely ... the decision was made on a safety basis to cancel both stage six and seven. Jamie Luff was second in his Subaru, while Simon Jamieson and youngster Riley Walters finished in equal third position. David Darby was fifth and first two-wheel-drive in his Nissan 180SX. Results have not yet been confirmed due to the cancellation of SS6. UPDATE 21/7: Results have now been finalised.
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