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It will be a case of the young versus the old when Western Victorian Crane Truck drivers Arron and Darren Windus hit the rally stages in Batemans Bay this weekend. The son (Arron) and father (Darren) are both seeded in the top eight for the Rally of the Bay, a round of both the Victorian and NSW Rally Championships. To make things even more intriguing, Arron will be co-driven by Daniel Brick, while Darren will have Daniel's father, Joe, calling the pacenotes. It's a unique scenario, and both crews will be hoping to outpace the other. The winner of the last round of the Victorian championship, Arron will again drive the Subaru Impreza WRX that took him to victory in the Marysville Stages. Darren, on the other hand, will drive his third car of the season. For this event he'll take the wheel of a Super 2000 spec Volkswagen Polo from the Activ RallySport garage. Both teams had a successful test in Victoria on Wednesday, and are looking forward to the event, which appears likely to be held in dry and dusty conditions.
"My aim is definitely to come away from the rally with the championship lead," Arron said.
"We won last time out, but failed to finish the first two events this year, so getting as many points as possible is imperative this weekend. "I've never been to Batemans Bay before, so I've been watching plenty of onboard videos from previous years in order to learn the types of stages we'll be presented with. "If we can have a good run and come away with the championship lead, it will be a successful weekend." Darren has had an up and down season this year as well, having mixed success in Australian Rally Championship rounds. He enters the Rally of the Bay with no real plan, but knows the VW Polo well, having driven it in rallycross events over the past two years.
"It's an ex-factory car that was built in South Africa, so it's got all the good bits," Darren said.
"We know the car has the pace to achieve a good result, so we just need to go out and put the runs on the board. "Having Joe in the car will be great, and if we can get both Windus/Brick teams to the finish in a good position, it will be fantastic." The rally features a number of Australia's leading rally drivers, including Richie Dalton (Ford Fiesta), JJ Hatton (Hyundai i20), Glen Raymond (Mitsubishi Lancer) and Luke Anear in a new Ford Fiesta R5 just imported from the UK. The six-stage, 129km competitive event gets underway on Saturday morning, before finishing late in the afternoon.

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