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The seventh and final round of the WA Rally Championship’s 2WD and Clubman Cup competitions, the Darling 200, will be run over forestry stages around Jarrahdale on Saturday, November 15.

Ahead of the event, Sean Keating and Caleb Ash have already claimed honours in the 2WD Championship.

Andy van Kann and Abbey Hayes in action.The 2013 runners, who will not compete at the Darling 200, have had a runaway season winning six from six rounds so far in their Nissan Silvia. It’s also been a successful year for a team dubbed ‘the Pensioner and the Rookie’.

WA rally stalwart Andy van Kann has already won the 2WD Challenge with 18-year-old Abbey Hayes, who is the 2014 Rookie Co-driver.

The pair has entered the Darling 200 in the ineligible category to give them the chance to test the new Jemba Virtual Pace Notes System, which was developed in Europe.

“If Abbey enjoys pace notes, we will move up to notes next year to round out her training,” van Kann said.

“I’m also running a new engine so that we are 100 per cent ready for a big 2015.”

Several other competitors are also using the event to test for the next season, including Clubman Cup driver Julian Wright who has installed a new, bigger engine in his Datsun 1200.

Steve Vass, who spent most of the 2014 season co-driving in the outright WARC competition, but will be back in the driver’s seat of his Datsun 1600 with Ashley Burton.

“I’m looking forward to being in control again,” Vass said.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Clubman Cup series victory has also already been claimed.

The new champions are husband and wife, Carl and Tracey Rattenbury, who were the runners up in the 2013 series.

Tracey said: “We will still go hard. Our intention, like all year, is to get to parc ferme.”

The Darling 200 starts at midday on November 15 from Jarrahdale Oval.

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