Eli Evans continues ARC 2WD dominance
- 30th July 2012, 8:20am
Evans withheld pressure from second placed Nissan Silvia driver Allan Roe on today's final treacherous stages to take the win by 1 minute 49 seconds.
The Honda driver's famous brother, Simon Evans' return to the series, in the new Mazda2 saw him take second for the round overall, despite losing time on today's third special stage after becoming stuck in mud.
The second works Honda Jazz of Mark Pedder rounded out the top three, a further five seconds behind and moves to second in the Championship points standings.
Local driver Jack Monkhouse's misfortune continued with his Nissan Silvia S15 not taking part in today's stages because of steering damage on day two.
"It was a fantastic result for the team, particularly given we were up against some fairly strong opposition this weekend and it was particularly sweet beating Simon," said Eli.
"We are under no illusions, Simon and the Mazda will be very quick when they sort that car and I think the battle for the 2013 title will be very tough indeed," he added.
New South Welshman Michael Boaden has kept his chase for a maiden Bosch Australian Four Wheel Drive Championship on track with back to back round wins.
Boaden now has a 61 point lead over Western Australian Mitsubishi Evo 10 driver Tom Wilde after an unstoppable weekend in the self prepared Mitsubishi Evo 9.
WA driver Nic Box, also in a Mitsubishi Evo 9, took second for the weekend in his first Scouts Rally SA appearance, just seven seconds behind Boaden and has moved into third place in the championship, while Queenslander Mitsubishi Evo 10 driver Steve Shepheard finished third, a further 51 seconds behind.
"Everything went perfectly this weekend, it was a great rally and it could not have been better," said an elated Michael Boaden.
"It means we head to our home rally at Coffs in October with a very strong points advantage in the championship and we are looking forward to the fantastic North Coast roads," he added.
In the Classic Rally contingent, Neal Bates topped the first stage but was forced to retire with split bore in the Toyota Celica RA40 on the second stage and handed the day's win to two time ARC champion Barry Lowe.
Datsun 180B driver Neville Whittenbury trailed by a mere 2.2 seconds while rally debutant Jac David in the Porsche 911 finished third.
The Bosch Australian Rally Championship heads to New South Wales' Coffs Harbour region for round five of the series, Snake Racing Rally Coffs, October 13-14.
More than 2 million Australians will watch the Bosch ARC on TV in 2012 with the series generating more than 40 hours of national television coverage across the Ten/One HD network - a media equivalency value exceeding $12 million. The Bosch Australian Rally Championship also receives support from- multi-national fuel and lubricant giant BP as the primary fuel supplier and for the third year Korean tyre giant Kumho as the exclusive tyre supplier for the championship. Other commercial partners include East Coast Bullbars, Honda, rallyschool.com.au, Polaris, CanAm, Snake Racing and CAMS.
Scouts Rally SA Bosch Two Wheel Drive Australian Rally Championship Results after stage 16
1 - Eli Evans Honda Jazz 25min24.4sec
2 - Allan Roe Nissan Silvia 27min13.5sec
3 - Mark Pedder Honda Jazz 27min18.8sec
Scouts Rally SA Bosch Four Wheel Drive Australian Rally Championship Results after stage 16
1 - Michael Boaden Mitsubishi Evo IX 23min38.5sec
2 - Nic Box Mitsubishi Evo IX 23min46.0sec
3 - Steven Shepheard Mitsubishi Evo X 24min35.8sec
Bosch Two Wheel Drive Australian Rally Championship Standings after round four
1 - Eli Evans Honda Jazz 338
2 - Mark Pedder Honda Jazz 170
3 - Allan Roe Nissan Silvia 165
Bosch Four Wheel Drive Australian Rally Championship Standings after round four
1 - Michael Boaden Mitsubishi Evo IX 306
2 - Tom Wilde Mitsubishi Evo X 245
3 - Nic Box Mitsubishi Evo IX 177
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