Grant Denyer has produced a superb drive across three days of competition to take out second place in the inaugural SunCoast Classic in Noosa.

Denyer, driving the Les Walkden-prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STI, finished 37.8 seconds behind the Skelta G-Force of Ray Vandersee, and 3.6 seconds clear third place-getter, Matt Close, in his Porsche Turbo.

But what really thrilled Denyer was his come from behind performance late today. Going into the final stage he trailed Close by 4.7 seconds, but produced a nerveless drive under extreme pressure to move ahead of the Porsche and take second place.

“To be second outright and first production car home is a huge highlight,” Denyer said. “To do that in my first full rally is a dream come true.”

“It came down to that last stage and Dale (co-driver Dale Moscatt) and I decided that we wanted second really badly. So we pulled everything out, threw caution to the wind and we finished up winning the stage. That was a great way to finish.”

“We were up against some really elite machines across the weekend so to be on the podium, to finish second in a production car, was great.”

“Full credit also to Les Walkden Rallying and the boys for producing a first class car.”

“It’s been a huge weekend and I can’t wait for the next chance to do tarmac rallying again.”

Final results – SunCoast Classic

1, Vandersee / Taylor, Skelta G-Force, 02:01.3
2, Denyer / Moscatt, Subaru WRX STI C Spec, 02:35.9
3, Close / Close, Porsche Turbo, 02:40.6
4, Richards / Oliver, Porsche GT 3 RS, 03:02.2
5, Quinn / Wenn, Porsche 997 Turbo, 03:13.1
6, Taplin / Young, Porsche GT3, 04:07.3
7, Thomas./ Thomas, Misubishi Lancer Evo IX, 04:08.6
8, Bye / Fook, BMW 130i, 04:24.2
9, Higgins / Hansen, Mitsubishi Evo 9 RS, 05:29.2
10, Quinn / Bolton, Mitsubishi EVO VIII, 06:24.0

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