Locals set out to conquer Classic Outback Trial
The Central Australian Rally Sport (CARS) Club president, Phillip Kerr, and Victorian co-driver, Jenny Cole, have set their sights firmly on the top step of the podium at this year’s Lasseters Classic Outback Trial, which runs from August 18-25.
Following a sensational third at their first attempt in 2016, the pair are much better prepared this year.
“I hadn’t rallied for almost 20 years, but with time in the South Australian Rally Championship and contesting the Alpine Rally of East Gippsland in Victoria late last year, I now have the confidence and knowledge to have a red-hot go,” Kerr says.
Their weapon of choice, a 1971 Datsun 1600, has also changed a bit courtesy of the team at Waterhouse Performance, with a more powerful engine, making the overall package stronger and faster.
While their preparation has been very good, he acknowledges victory will be no easy task.
With three victories in the classic class and coming into the event as the defending champions, Bathurst son and father duo, Andrew and David Travis, are the benchmark.
“We’ll need to keep the pressure on them that’s for sure, but (Jorge) Perez Companc from Argentina was very impressive in 2016 and will be up there again.
“Ian Reddiex in another Datsun 1600 was incredibly quick at Burra earlier this year and is one to watch too,” said Kerr of his competition.
In Modern Competition, the CARS club will also be represented by Chris and Blake McCormack driving their Motor Motion Mitsubishi Magna.
The pair had set out to build a Toyota Celica to run in classics, but a late change sees them in the Magna that proved more than capable two years ago.
- Story: Craig O’Brien