Former Australian Rally Champion co-driver turned driver, Ben Searcy, is leading the series in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, but he is well within striking distance of his three nearest rivals as the championship meets its halfway point.
This weekend’s Karri Rally, based at Manjimup, gives competitors from all over the state the chance to test themselves on some of the toughest roads that the state has to offer.
In just under 100 competitive kilometres, there are brand new twisty roads as well as some fast sections to test the bravery of drivers.
Clerk of Course, Neil Threthowen, is aware that his course could catch some competitors out.
“We’re using some new roads this year which are far more twisty than previous years and will slow the speeds, but make it more technical,” Threthowen says.
It points to the roads being more suited to the nimble Skoda Fabia R5 of John O’Dowd, but there is also some of the typical Manjimup stages that the Karri Rally is known for.