The 2010 Scouts Rally SA has begun in sensational style after two costly mistakes from two of the top runners.

The cliche that “You can’t win the rally on the first night, but you can sure as hell lose it” has never been said so often nor been so accurate.

First it was Ryan Smart, with sister Rebecca calling the notes, running wide in the first special stage of the event and making contact with the safety barrier. The resulting damage to their Corolla has the crew in doubt for tomorrow’s first stage.

But it was Scott Pedder who caused the sensation of the night. After starting the first stage, he turned right instead of left and dropped 12 seconds to the leaders less than 20 seconds after his event began.

After the first run through, it was the fast and loose work of Justin Dowel and Matt Lee in first position by one tenth of a second to Simon and Sue Evans. A fast finishing and improving Steve Shepheard was just .6 of a second behind Dowel and Lee.

For the second run through, Simon Evans was able to improve his time and take stage and the lead in the Scouts Rally SA. A much improved, though absolutely fuming Scott Pedder was second and Justin Dowel in third.

Tomorrow sees the crews leave the chilly tarmac of Angaston for SS3 Tweeden 1- 34 kms as the Scouts Rally SA begins in earnest.

Earlier today, the top ten competitors competed in a shootout/dash for cash sponsored by Pedders Suspension. The shootout was won by Scott Pedder who then donated his winnings to the Scouts Rally SA’s chosen charity the Make-A-Wish foundation. Second and third placed Ryan Smart and Simon Evans followed suit, donating their winnings to the worthy cause.

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