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The field for this weekend’s Eureka Rally has had another upheaval, with two of the leading Australian Rally Championship competitors changing vehicles - including a pre-event favourite.

The Evans Motorsport and Race Torque teams prepare the Peugeot for Eli Evans to drive this afternoon. (Photo: Tim Batten)Mechanical problems with Evans Motorsport’s brand new Mini Cooper AP4 means that Eli Evans’ new car won’t start the rally, and the three-time champion will now drive the ex-Mark Pedder Peugeot 208 Maxi that was to have been driven by Arron Windus.

Windus will now drive Craig Brooks’ spare car, a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX - a car that just happened to be sitting idly in the team’s truck.

“It’s crazy last minute,” Windus told RallySport Magazine.

“It’s certainly not ideal, but it is what it is, and we’ll just get on with the job.”

An obviously frantic Eli Evans was not available for comment when contacted by RallySport Magazine this afternoon.

- Peter Whitten

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