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The 2007 Victorian Rally Championship got under way on Saturday with the running of the Cerberus Stages Rally.

Last year’s event was shortened by rain, and incredibly, so was this year’s. Hot weather on the day before rally was followed by rain, which saw only five of the scheduled nine stages completed.

First home in the tough conditions were the Subaru Impreza crew of Mark Fawcett and Simon Ellis. The Ballarat duo finished over a minute ahead of another Impreza, that of William Robertson and Michael Cains.

The Lancer Evo 3 of Craig and Carrie Morris finished equal third with Brenton Kaitler and Jenna Kelley in a Lancer Evo 6. This was Kaitler’s first event in his newly-built Mitsubishi.

Rounding out the top five were Brendan Reeves and his sister, Rhianon Smyth, in a non-turbo Subaru Impreza RS.

The first two-wheel drive car home was that Bill Sullivan and Jason Hague in a Daihatsu Charade, in 15th place. They were over a minute clear of James Elliott and Cathy Rainer in a Hyundai Lantra.

CHECK OUT NATHAN HUBBLE'S PICTURES FROM THE RALLY

Final Results
1. Mark Fawcett/Simon Ellis, Subaru Impreza, 44m12s
2. William Robertson/Michael Cains, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, 45:21
=3. Craig Morris/Carrie Morris, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3, 45:22
=3. Brenton Kaitler/Jenna Kelley, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6, 45:22
5. Brendan Reeves/Rhianon Smyth, Subaru RS, 45:52
6. Hilary Evans/Doug Fernie, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2, 46:31
7. Warren Lee/David Lethlean, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2, 46:51
8. Derek Reynolds/David Kelly, Subaru Legacy, 47:07
9. Wayne Stewart/Kim Stewart, Subaru Impreza WRX, 47:49
10. Steve Kenway/Lauren Kenway, Mitsubishi Galant VR4 RS, 48:18

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