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Leigh Hynes and Stuart Percival are on the verge of claiming the 2013 WA Rally Championship (WARC) honours. The Busselton Rally Sport pair needs just a top-eight finish in the fifth and final event of the WARC, the Carringtons Traffic Services Safari Rally this Saturday, to seal the deal.

Hynes and Percival are 24 points ahead of their nearest rivals after a runaway rally season. They’ve won the past three events by setting blistering stage times in their bright orange Subaru WRX but Hynes said he would take a more cautious approach to the CRS Safari Rally.

“The tactic is just to make sure we finish,” he said. “We won’t be taking any risks.”
Hynes knows the demanding nature of the CTS Safari Rally could take its toll on his car. It has before.

“In 2009, we were in the same position. We were leading the championship and suffered clutch failure on the final stage of the Safari,” he said.

The CTS Safari Rally isregarded as the most gruelling event of the WARC and is run over challenging roads around Chidlow.

“It’s a really technical rally,” Hynes said. “You’ve got to watch where you place the car on the road.”

Hynes and Percival have been competing together since 2006 and were joint WARC Champions in 2008 and 2011.

The pair thanked their sponsors support for the 2013 season.

“We’ve had a brilliant season so far, with amazing support from True Blue Alarms and the rest of our sponsors. We want to make sure we do them proud and we want to bring the Championship trophy back to the City of Busselton,” Hynes said.

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