Australian Rally Championship leader, Eli Evans, will be driving flat out for victory in this weekend's Adelaide Hills Rally as he tries to sew up the national title. The Skoda Fabia R5 driver holds a 51 point lead over the Subaru of Steve Glenney, but clinching the championship this weekend seems unlikely.
"I'll be driving flat out for another win, but I need to be 102 points clear after this event, as there is 101 points up for grabs at the final round at Coffs Harbour," Evans told RallySport Mag.
"I would love to secure the title this weekend, but it's extremely unlikely as the points system rewards consistency." Consistent is what Evans and co-driver, Ben Searcy, have been this year. After starting the year in their Mini Cooper AP4, they switched to a leased Skoda Fabia R5 for the WA round, and haven't looked back.
Eli Evans has quickly come to grips with the Skoda R5 in the Australian Championship. Photo: Luke Whitten

Eli Evans has had plenty of success with the Skoda R5 . Photo: Luke Whitten

This weekend offers another new challenge, however, with the Adelaide Hills Rally being run as a round of the ARC for the first time.
"Technically it's a new rally, although it's being run in a similar area to previous years.
"But there are lots of new challenges," Evans adds. Rally action starts on Friday with the Super Special Stage at The Bend Motorsport Park. Saturday’s six special stages will take rally crews to the south-east of Adelaide, covering 110 competitive kilometres, while Sunday’s nine special stages will visit the area to the north-east of Adelaide, around Mount Crawford, offering 117 competitive kilometres. The penultimate round of the 2018 ARC will conclude with a podium presentation at the Mount Barker Service Park at 5:30pm.
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