With the NSW Rally Championship at the half way make the heat is on. With both the leading contenders Peter Roberts and Leigh Gotch requiring a visit to the panel shop after the WRC, both teams are burning the midnight oil.

Peter Roberts, who was sitting inside the top five at the Coffs Coast Forest Rally was caught out on the slippery roads over a crest on the Friday stages. With extensive damage to the front the team are determined to have the car ready for next weekend.

Leigh Gotch also visited the scenery at Coffs with damage to the rear quarter panel. Leigh is confident that the car will be ready for the Peter Rogers Real Estate Rally after a good showing in the PWRC section of the WRC.

Michael South, who failed to finish the Myall Stages after damaging the suspension at a creek crossing while attempting to finish the stage on a flat tyre, is primed for a good result to move to the top of the championship table.

Peter Neale has been Mr Consistent this year with good results in the previous two rounds and will be up with the leaders in the flowing shire roads before moving into the forest sections. Keeping the teams honest will be the brothers Ben and Matt Cullen who are never far from the leaders now the Evo has been converted to PRC specifications.

With only one round to go the Realistic Car Rentals Clubman Rally Series will see the battle between David Skelton and Darren McLanders, contesting the 2WD championship, continue with both crews finishing equal first after the Myall Lakes rally.

The more powerful RX7 of Skelton should have an advantage over the Mirage of McLanders on the fast shire roads.

David Opie is again looking forward to a trouble free run in the EVO 1 and is sure to finish well up the field, although David’s aim for the year is to win the Realistic Car Rentals Clubman Rally Series as well as the 4WD championship.

The Rallyschool.com Excel Rally Series crews will be looking for a more reliable run with two of the key competitors suffering suspension problems at the Myall Lakes rally.

Andrei Artamonou will be looking for a clean run to hold of Fro Horobin who has been the quickest all season. Following close behind will be the Hampel and McShane teams that are both in a position to move forward should either of the two leaders in the Series falter.

With a strong field contesting the Peter Rogers Real Estate Rally the ceremonial start at 9.30am, in Russell Street Bathurst, the Saturday morning shoppers will be in for a real treat.

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