George Derrick Rally a true test of skill
- 11th July 2011, 4:17pm
Hosted by the Car Club of RMIT, over 35 of the state’s best crews will line up in the main street of Avoca from 9am to head into the surrounding Lamplough and Pyrenees forests to contest 110 competitive kilometres over eight special stages.
The Avoca forests ensure a unique challenge in the championship, with the roads consisting of narrow, stump and tree lined tracks, as well as the climb and descent over the Pyrenees ranges, descending amoungst the famous grape vines of the area. This event truly rewards a crew with neat lines and consistent pace.
After their round 2 win at the Bega Valley Rally in June, Warren Lee and David Lethlean will be looking for another maximum points haul in their JDL/Harvey Normal Lancer EVO 9.
It has also been recently reported that the Raymond brothers will be campaigning their former Toyota Group N(P) Corolla, which has a strong history in ARC events with the Toyota Rally Team, driven by Neil Bates and Simon Evans. A car of very similar spec is also currently leading the Australian Rally Championship being driven by Ryan Smart. The Group N(P) Corolla will prove a tough car to beat in the right hands, as it was so many times in the ARC in years gone by.
Craig and Carrie Morris will again be back to build on their points tally in their newly arrived RDA/EBC Brakes EVO 8. The car has been imported from NZ and has a history of running in the NZ Rally Championship. Round 1 winner Steve Kenway and Lauren Palmer will be hoping for a better result than they recorded at Bega, to get back into the points race.
Meanwhile in 2WD, Brian Semmans and Dan Parry are expected to continue to dominate the points; however, Alan Roe and Neil Farrell will hope to keep the pressure on. Roe has shown great speed in his first year competing in rallying and with the more km’s contested will surely become a bonafide 2WD contender. The Wright brothers will also continue to work hard to finish in the 2WD top 3 in their increasingly quick Skyline.
THE BATRONIC Hyundai Excel Series is heating up with the Mackenzie Brothers continuing their good form at Bega, it will be up to the rest of the pack to push hard and hope for a mistake on the brothers behalf to let them through.
Two spectator points will be available on the day for onlookers to soak up the action. Spectator guides and entry lists are available from www.vicrally.com.au or www.georgederick.com
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