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Reigning WA rally champions, Leigh Hynes and Stuart Percival, convincingly won a very dry and dusty Round 2 of the WA Rally Championship at the weekend.

The Lewana Stages, run by the Ascot Motor Club, made a welcome return to the series and used the slippery and technical Grimwade plantation near Kirup.

Running fourth on the road, Hynes and Percival took their Busselton Subaru Service Impreza to a stage one win by five seconds over John Macara, with Championship leaders Derek Reddie and Lee Tierney a further ten seconds back.  Stage 2 saw Hynes and Percival up their pace to take the 23km Roo Dog stage by just over a minute to Reddie in his VR4. 

Stages three and four were again won by Hynes and Percival which gave them a lead of 2 minutes and 4 seconds over Macara with Reddie only six seconds further behind.

Dust was starting to become an issue for most crews.

"The dust was quite bad in there -  we’re not looking forward to the night stages,” Hynes said at service.  "It’s also very slippery with plenty of ball bearing gravel laying on top of the road. On stage one I thought we had a flat tyre but it was just incredibly slippery.  I softened up the low speed settings on the DMS shocks before stage two and that made a huge difference, which you can see by our times,” he added.

Stages 5 and 6 were a repeat of earlier stages with Hynes extending his lead to 3 minutes and 36 seconds but a low lying sun and thick dust started to cause major problems for some crews.  Stuart Percival explains their fright on stage 5 - "We stopped a couple of times waiting for the dust to clear and at one stage it was so thick we lost the road and went up a fire break for about 50 metres."

At the final service the clerk of course, Phil Growcott, made a very wise decision to cancel the remaining two stages due to the dust.

Hynes and Percival were therefore winners of every stage to take their first Lewana Stages rally together.

Leigh Hynes and Stuart Percival are proudly supported by Busselton Subaru Service, RMS Service Centre and DMS Shock Absorbers.

Full results and points are available at www.duetime.com.au

Photo by: Brian Percival

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