Melbourne-based Gunnawyn Motorsport has entered a pair of Ford Fiestas in this weekend’s MRF Akademos Rally, the sixth round of the 2018 Focus on Furniture Victorian Rally Championship. Viv-Dilkes-Frayne/Tracey Dewhurst in a Fiesta R2 and Scott Newman/Adam Davis in a Fiesta R1 will battle four other feisty Fords across eight stages and 150km of competitive distance in a bid for Victorian Ford Fiesta Rally Series honours. Gunnawyn’s strike rate in 2018 is high. Newman and Davis finished as the first Fiesta at May’s gruelling Mitta Mitta Rally, their debut event, while Gunnawyn Team Principal, John Carney, registered a strong finish despite being briefly caught out by the slippery conditions on SS2. Sadly, an electrical gremlin has sidelined the R1 since, but thanks to the tireless work of Carney and Gunnawyn Chief Mechanic, Chris Stone, it’s singing strongly once again, with Newman and Davis keen to enjoy the faster, more flowing Akademos roads with the added benefit of pacenotes. Further success followed at the Rally of the Bay with Dilkes-Frayne taking the helm of the R2. In his return to rallying after a monster accident at the end of 2016, Dilkes-Frayne, alongside Jayson Browne, displayed consistent speed to finish at the head of the Fiesta field. A broken wishbone ended their run early at the Valley Stages Rally, but Dilkes-Frayne, now joined by former co-driver Tracey Dewhurst, has strong previous form at Akademos, securing third place outright in 2014 and fourth in 2015. The 2018 MRF Akademos Rally takes place in the forest roads around Alexandra this Sunday, October 21.

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