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Last year’s rally winner, Steve Glenney, and current Championship leader, Simon Evans, have spent the day battling for the outright lead in Rally South Australia, swapping stage wins throughout the day. Evans took a total of six stage victories, and Glenney four, but Glenney was able to pip Evans by 1.1 seconds on the last stage of the day, to take an overall lead into tonight’s Super Special.

Evans’ team mate and team boss, Neal Bates, sits in third place in his S2000 Toyota, with Dean Herridge in fourth.

Bates’ day could have been a lot worse after he made contact with a kangaroo. Luckily it hit the front right guard, missing the radiator, which could have meant disaster for the Canberran.

Others also suffering from bad luck today include both Ford Fiestas. Darren Windus was forced to retire from Heat 1 when his car came to a sudden stop on SS4. Recurring electrical problems seem to be the cause.

Windus’ team mate, Michael Guest, has suffered with power steering problems today, causing him some difficulties, however he put in a blinder on the last stage of the day, jumping from 11th to ninth place outright. 

Young Victorian Brendan Reeves, driving the Les Walkden-backed Subaru Impreza, has again shown his promise. A brush with the law on a transport stage didn’t ruffle his feathers – he kept his focus and retained his fifth outright position. 

Spencer Lowndes’ second event since returning to the sport, is again proving successful. He is enjoying being back behind the wheel of his Mitsubishi, once again proving he hasn’t lost any of his talent.

Eli Evans overcame problems with his handbrake to finish the day in seventh, with local boy Declan Dwyer mixing it with the more experienced ARC campaigners. Eighth place is a fantastic reward for his efforts today.

Another privateer, Victoria's Glen Raymond, has overcome some niggling problems from the last couple of events, to finish the day inside the top ten.

Competitors will contest two more runs of the Angaston Super Special tonight before the action returns to the forests tomorrow.

Results (after SS12):

1. Steve Glenney/Bernie Webb, Subaru, 56:14.2;

2. Simon Evans/Sue Evans, Toyota, 56:19.8;

3. Neal Bates/Coral Taylor, Toyota, 56:47.9;

4. Dean Herridge/Bill Hayes, Subaru, 56:47.9;

 

5. Brendan Reeves/Rhianon Smyth, Subaru, 57:16.9;

 

6. Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell, Mitsubishi, 57:51.8;

 

7. Eli Evans/Chris Murphy, Subaru, 57:59.5;

 

8. Declan Dwyer/Craig Adams, Mitsubishi, 58:28.9;

 

9. Michael Guest/Mark Stacey, Ford, 58:31.4;

 

10.Glenn Raymond/Matt Raymond, Subaru, 58:36.2.

 

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