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Warren Lee and David Lethlean have taken a convincing victory in the Mt Porepunkah Rallysprint, held near Bright in north east Victoria on Saturday.

Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2, the improving Lee took a 22 second victory in the eight stage, 64km event, heading home the Lancer Evo 6 of father and daughter, Craig and Carrie Morris.

Dry conditions had the roads up and down Mt Porepunkah in perfect condition, with competitors enjoying the event, which began with a one-pass reconnaissance of the route before the first stage.

Brian Semmens/Dan Parry (Nissan 200 SX) and Geoff Portman/Steuart Snooks (Holden Commodore) were equal third, while Dane and Nathan Berry rounded out the top five in their newly built Lancer Evo 4.

Lancer Evo 2 driver John Austin and co-driver Greg Day were on target for third place, but incurred a penalty after hitting a chicane on a fast downhill section of SS3. Four other crews also received a penalty for the same indiscretion.

Brendan Brown and Andrew Bell retired on SS2 after leaving the leaving the road and hitting a tree in their Datsun 180B SSS, while Phil Hurle and Rachel Hale blew an engine in their Escort, but not before completing sufficient stages to be classified as finishers.

In its fourth year, the event was run by the North Eastern Car Club, under the direction of Ralph Scalzo.

Final Results:

1 Warren Lee/David Lethlean Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 2 26:42

2 Craig Morris/Carrie Morris Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6 27:04

=3 Brian Semmens/Dan Parry Nissan 200 SX 27:20

=3 Geoff Portman/Steuart Snooks Holden Commodore 27:20

5 Dane Berry/Nathan Berry Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 4 28:33

6 Carl Stewart/Anna Ritson Datsun 1600 29:04

7 Mike Welsh/Rick Thorpe Toyota TE-71 29:34

8 Tony Moore/Nikki Moore Hyundai Excel 29:49

9 Craig Hardiman/Tanya Hardiman Subaru Impreza WRX 30:43

10 Sam Johanson/Cathy Rainer Mazda 323 Familia 30:59

11 Phil Hurle/Rachel Hale Ford Escort RS 31:35

12 Paul Anderson/Stuart Schoof Mitsubishi Pajero 31:51

13 John Austin/Greg Day Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 2 32:14

14 Jody Mill/Daniel Ragen Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 2 33:05

15 Ross Allan/Scott Allan Subaru Legacy RS Turbo 34:07

16 Peter Morrison/Kimberly Barson Hyundai Excel 35:18

17 Ged Blum/Scott Jennison Hyundai Excel 35:53



Did not finish the event

Brendan Brown/Andrew Bell Datsun 180B SSS Off Road (SS2)

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