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Reigning Western Australian Rally Champion, John O'Dowd, has continued his winning state form, while mechanical issues hampered a young star. O'Dowd and co-driver, Toni Feaver, won all but two stages of the unique event to win by 53.9 seconds. The rally featured two stretches of road which was run twice in both directions. With many passes over the road in a short period of time, times did get slower over the course of the day. Craig Rando finished in second position after consistent runs, including a win on stage four. Ben Searcy was less than ten seconds further back in his Mitsubishi. Max McRae began his first gravel event strongly inside the top ten, but driveshaft and diff troubles hampered him. “I was a bit nervous going up to the start of the first stage, but once we got going and got into the first stage it went well," the teenager said.

Max McRae driving his front-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta. Photo: Tim Allott

“The first two stages were great and we were running well, the third stage was good as well, but then I felt the car started to grab on the left front wheel. “We got out of the stage and changed the shaft, but there was a lot of noise going into the fifth stage – I think something was damaged in the diff. He retired to prevent further damage to the car. The next round of the WARC is the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in September.  
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