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Full-On Rallysport’s first visit to the Toyota Rally of South Australia was a blast. The Fullerton Financial Services Impreza WRX came through with two strong results, leaving Queenslanders Bruce Fullerton and Hugh Reardon-Smith third outright in the BP Ultimate Challenge going into the final round in Melbourne, set down for late September.

In Heat 1 the team came to grips with the new types of roads and set competitive times until a 4th gear spin saw them lose 20 seconds and drop to 23rd outright. Fullerton then drove hard to regain lost time, and although hampered by a cracked brake rotor and on two stages a missing rear driveshaft (victim on one of the big jumps), managed to pull back to 19th outright, just 3.5 seconds behind sparring partners Gerard Schofield and Ray Baker. This left the team with 6th in the BP Ultimate Challenge, dropping them to 4th in the points table.

Heat 2 started early Sunday morning with the 20km Eden High stage, which saw the team finish the stage an excellent 19th outright averaging 105 km/hr. SS12 saw the WRX move another place up the leaderboard, and this was the pattern of the day : a gradual improvement. There were still some dramas, with the other rear driveshaft letting go, but once 14th outright was consolidated, the team backed off to preserve the car for the NGK Rally of Melbourne.

This left Bruce and Hugh with 14th outright and 3rd in the BP Ultimate Challenge for the heat, and once the points were added up moved them back up to 3rd outright in the Challenge, 2 points behind Simon Jansen and 14 points behind Will Orders.

The Full-On Rallysport team will now prepare for the NGK Rally of Melbourne with support from Prime Haulage, Pioneer Seeds and Fullerton Financial Services, and look to finish their good run in the BP Ultimate Challenge in style.
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