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Slippery conditions and unknown roads have done nothing to prevent Lee Peterson and James Booker from taking outright honours in the Auspine Rally, the final event in the Tasmanian Rally Series. Their Subaru WRX lead the field all day.

“This is the second rally this season that I’ve won on roads that I’ve never seen before so I’m very happy with our performance today,”  Peterson said.

The only other team to have won rallies in the 2007 season is David Waldon and Ross Ferguson who have taken out the series title for 2007, despite an early exit at this rally.

The team suffered their first mechanical failure of the season when they lost third gear about half way through the first stage.  Although they were able to continue and finish the stage, by the time they made it back to service they only had one working gear and were leaving a trail of oil behind them.  It was obvious that it was the end of their day.

Behind Peterson, the biggest mover was the father and son team of Tim and Kerry Auty from Devonport in their Toyota Celica GT4 who set some sensational times early in the day.  However Lynn Rattray and Lindon Hills in a Subaru took the bit between their teeth in the afternoon stages and clawed their way back into second  outright for the day.

In spite of not finishing the final round, the Waldon/Ferguson team has taken back-to-back title wins in the Tasmanian Rally Series.  Second in the series is the Rattray/Hills team and the win launched Peterson/Booker into third position for the year.

The conditions were much harder for the 2WD category and the anticipated tussle between Craig Sault/Scott Creswell in the Holden Commodore and Christian Philp/Mark Watkinson in the Ford Cortina was not to be.  Philp retired after the morning’s stages, leaving the way clear for Sault and Creswell to take the day’s 2WD honours.

Keeping them on their toes, however, was the team of Nick Kingston and Ben Koerpershoek in a Commodore who scored a well deserved second place.  

Third placed 2WD for the day was the lone Falcon of Launceston’s Ray Skeggs and Allan Roark.

The win has given the Sault/Creswell team their second 2WD series title in a row.  The Philp/Watkinson team maintained second position ahead of Mark Kyle and Glen Corner.

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